Former Medicare Executive Says Reimbursable Expenses ‘Outrageous’
Former health insurance executive Wendell Potter sharply criticized disparities in care over a new report which ranks the United States last in health care among the richest countries despite the highest spending.
“I thought that with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, we would see changes, but we are still bringing up the rear of all these developed countries and spending more money on health care than in 2004.” , Wendell, who is president of the Center for Health and Democracy, told Hill.TV’s “Rising” show.
Wendell said that all of the other countries outperforming the United States have one thing in common: universal health care.
âAnd we’re a long way from that – even with the Affordable Care Act,â he said.
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Wendell said the reimbursable costs, which he called “outrageous”, are “just too high”.
âWe seem to lose access to equity and care. And part of the reason is that even people who have insurance are underinsured and in many cases have to pay thousands of dollars out of their own pockets before their insurance goes into effect, âhe said.
Potter quit his job at Cigna, one of the country’s largest health insurers, in 2008 and has since called for reform. From Potter’s biography on the National Whistleblower Center, his testimony in Congress on the role of industry in contributing to rising health care costs and the growing number of uninsured and underinsured Americans led to reforms that were included in the Act. affordable care 2010.
But even with the passage of the bill over a decade ago, Potter said the trend in access to care and equity is declining.
“While the United States is among the best doctors and researchers, it is increasingly inaccessible to many Americans. It’s a big, big problem, and it’s getting worse.”