Originally Posted by patteeu
I think getting everyone in the pool is a positive, but wrt cost, it's a one-time spreading of the cost. It does nothing to address the primary cost problem which is the much more rapid than inflation rising costs of health care.
I agree, the cost issue is a separate and even tougher problem to deal with but once the insurance side is made better, we can face the tough issues of cost as a country.
To me, part of the 'cost' issue is addressed by getting people in the pool...because every person that gets ER treatment and then doesnt pay adds to the cost of the people that pay. Eliminating that problem makes looking at costs and dealing with costs much easier.
About the only way I can think of to deal with costs are standardizing of pricing and making pricing for procedures clearer and easily known.....so that competition can drive pricing down.