by Kay B. Day
Media is touting a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, ‘Physicians’ Views on a New Public Insurance Option and Medicare Expansion,’ with results indicating, “Overall, a majority of physicians (62.9%) supported public and private options.” One area that touched a nerve is Medicare—58.3% of respondents supported an expansion of Medicare to Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 years. Primary care physicians were the most likely to support a public option and that’s no surprise—they’re on the front lines and various proposals in Congress will address inequities in provider fees for this group. A summary of the study is available online for free at The Journal website.
Few Americans would disagree healthcare needs reform. But the term ‘healthcare reform’ means different things to different people. A late afternoon phone call yesterday reminded me the service I receive from my insurance company for the premiums we pay is where I think reform should start.
Frustration with existing system
After a recent doctor visit for a minor problem, I received a letter from the healthcare provider telling me to call my insurance company. The letter said, “Your Insurance Carrier has requested that you call them directly to update your insurance information. They need to know if you have other insurance that may be primary. They will only accept this information from you.”