Costs of Care believes that every person should be able to receive needed healthcare without payment concerns. It is in the best interest of our patients and society that we remove potential barriers to seeking testing and care. We applaud the recent announcements that major insurance companies will ensure coronavirus testing is provided free-of-charge to patients. 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 in yesterday’s New 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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