Sign up for email and text updates to get deadline reminders and other important information. Advocates argue that such cost shifting would encourage consumers to make more efficient choices and lower overall health care costs. Inadequate transportation or the lack of knowledge among minorities about hospital quality could also be factors of inadequate care.
Democrats can hardly criticize this proposal since they are effectively capping employer-sponsored health plan costs at a level just below the Republican limits. But few in hospitals or health systems are listening to the needs and demands of the healthcare consumer.
All this tinkering and re-tinkering with an insignificant portion of the health insurance market is like obsessively unclogging the kitchen sink on the Titanic. Obamacare not only failed to put a dent in health care delivery prices, but arguably made things worse by actively encouraging system consolidation.
The brutal fact is that even if you have health insurance, you and your family are at significant financial risk. Health experts say the shift is due to more women waiting longer to have children and the ongoing drop in the teen birth rate. The emergency room is often a frontline venue for the delivery of primary medical care.
If the patient hires a Patient Advocate and the Advocate does his job, the chances are good that the medical provider is going to receive substantially less money for his services. The GOP plan is reducing premium support for most people without employer or government supplied health insurance.