The United States still has mortifying lapses and problems, despite spending more on health care than any country in the world, a new Commonwealth Fund report reveals.
Kenneth E. Raske of the Greater New York Hospital Association writes that efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act are “bad news for America’s hospitals.”
The data for 2013 did not show, however, whether cost controls in the Affordable Care Act or the aftereffects of the recession were responsible for the slowdown.
Robert I. Field of Drexel University writes that “the symbiosis between the government and private insurers under the Affordable Care Act should come as no surprise.”
Congressional Republicans have plans to transform Medicare and Medicaid and to cut taxes for high earners, measures once out of reach with Democrats controlling the Senate.
From the International Herald Tribune archives: A Republican opponent agreed to usher through the Medicare bill in 1964.
A draft decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would extend coverage for CT scans to Medicare beneficiaries who smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years or the equivalent.
Federal audits found many coverage denials for medical services and prescription drugs are poorly explained or unjustified. Insurers usually do not deny it, but pay a penalty and carry on.
The company settled after it was accused of inappropriate billing and providing care to residents that was effectively worthless.
Officials said that the revamped HealthCare.gov would not crash, and that most signing up for the first time would visit much fewer screens.
All too often, such care for Americans is shoddy or contrary to a patient’s wishes.