Friday, April 09, 2010

Massachusett's: Foreshadowing Our Nation's Health Care System?

Paul Levy, President and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, today suggests we watch Massachusetts for what might be coming with health care reform:
Things are playing out just as one might predict in the Massachusetts small business and individual insurance market. The Insurance Commissioner turned down proposed rate increases, the state's insurers appealed to the courts, and now they can't write policies.
Perhaps more concerning is what Dennis Byron, a commenter on Mr. Levy's blog says about insurance exchanges:
I care because I am one of those that has been cancelled by my insurer (Fallon) solely I believe because I am an individual, have been told to go to the exchange, but the exchange does not work. This is a perfect example of why you don't want the guys that run the Registry running your health care.
If nothing else, this exposes the risks inherent to mandating unproven policy initiatives on a national scale that have yet to be even worked out in a single state.




Matthew Bowdish MD said...

And watch how many Americans will 'game the system' similar to what is already happening in Massachusetts.

Anonymous said...

You may also want to pay some attention to the pending bill in the MA legislature that requires ALL doctors to take a state-approved insurance plan as a condition of having a medical license. Think that's bad? It caps rates in the plan at 110% of Medicare and forbids balance billing. And it looks like it's going to pass. That's the end of medicine for us if it passes, it is far, far worse than single payer. Truly unbelievable.

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