The cost of health care in the United States is expensive and is escalating. Looking globally, the Commissioner has broad authority to enact many rules and regulations aimed at reigning in the powerful insurance companies, promote accountability, jump-start quality and cost-effectiveness research, and solve health care disparities.
Therefore, many Koreans also join a private health insurance that covers what the national health insurance does not cover, such as deductibles (which can get high, since it’s a percentage of the NHIC-set cost rather than an absolute amount,) lost wages, etc.
Let’s face facts, the 40% rate of c-sections in Korea is an absolute disgrace to the reputation of the health system, whether the reasons are profit-driven or astrology-related, there’s simply no excuse for endangering millions of women’s lives unnecessarily in the name of either.
The only position I cannot accept is the one that states our current system is perfectly fine as it is – any system that leaves 50 million people without access to healthcare and millions more with limited or fragmented care at the mercy of profit motives by insurance companies is simply broken.
The latest version of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act standard electronic claims and related transactions by January 1st, should be implemented by the covered health care providers that include covered dentists, but the enforcement grants time till March 31st.