Costs of Care believes that every person should be able to receive needed healthcare without payment concerns. Crises such as COVID-19 highlight the extreme vulnerabilities in our healthcare system, including how risky high out-of-pocket costs can be for patients on a routine basis.
In the U.S., patients often appropriately worry about receiving bills for unexpectedly large amounts following routine healthcare services.
As Dr. Aaron Carroll explains inNew York Times, cost-sharing is not only potentially dangerous in this current situation with coronavirus, but it also exposes the underlying problems with this mechanism for everyday Americans making everyday medical decisions with their physicians and healthcare providers.
Americans should be able to trust that when we need it the most, our healthcare will be accessible and affordable. Nobody should be forced to choose between their life and their life-savings.
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