Published in the Greensboro News and Observer on April 25th, 2019
Romaine Worster’s recent column (April 21) spins the health care debate using untruths promoted by those corporations seeking to maintain the status quo from which they so richly benefit.
Contrary to her statement, Medicare reimbursement is accepted by 93% of non-pediatric primary care physicians while 94% accept private insurance. Physicians like the simplicity of traditional Medicare and struggle with the co-pays and deductibles imposed by private insurers, including those inserted into Medicare through Advantage plans.
Our state is about to expand such middle-man costs through Medicaid managed care. Based on experience, any savings will be used to pay exorbitant administrative costs and dividends to stockholders.
As “Medicare for All Y’all” points out, “We’re already paying for it.”
This corporate money should be redirected to patient care. It is ridiculous to suggest, as Mrs. Worster does, that removing insurers from the money stream would be done in a way that causes 181 million Americans to lose their health care coverage.
Wayne Hale, M.D.