Ir­re­spon­si­ble gov­ern­ment

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters - Dr. Jonathan Matthews Concierge In­pa­tient Con­sul­tants West­lake, Texas

Re: “Rule re­quires in­sur­ers to ex­plain large pre­mium in­crease,” Mod­ern Health­, May 19: The rea­son that health in­surance com­pa­nies are rais­ing their rates de­spite record prof­its is be­cause they re­al­ize what the U.S. gov­ern­ment is go­ing to do to health­care over the course of the next five years. With in­creas­ing over­sight and mi­cro­man­age­ment of the health­care in­dus­try, the gov­ern­ment will make sure the prof­its are go­ing mainly to it­self.

Look at the gov­ern­ment’s plans for the Stark law as it per­tains to the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Affordable Care Act. The gov­ern­ment is lit­er­ally plan­ning to make it pos­si­ble for ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions and hos­pi­tal sys­tems to gain com­plete con­trol over physi­cians.

Soon there won’t be enough physi­cians prac­tic­ing be­cause we won’t take all the re­im­burse­ment cuts and be ex­pected to com­ply with all of the new bu­reau­cratic tools to mea­sure qual­ity, which con­sume one-third of our day now. Prac­tic­ing medicine is be­com­ing a full-time ad­min­is­tra­tive beat­ing.

The in­surance in­dus­try is go­ing to gouge the Amer­i­can pub­lic for the next sev­eral years be­cause of, once again, the gov­ern­ment over­step­ping its bounds and try­ing to con­trol the af­fairs of pri­vate cit­i­zens and the free mar­ket. In­surance com­pa­nies are say­ing, “We bet­ter make as much as we can right now be­cause we have about two years be­fore Pres­i­dent Barack Obama tries to tell us what we can make just as he is do­ing to physi­cians right now.” We are in huge trou­ble.

The in­surance in­dus­try is now go­ing to be slapped around by Un­cle Sam and in the end, when the gov­ern­ment has be­come the pri­mary in­surer, they will try to do the same thing that in­surance com­pa­nies are do­ing cur­rently. What a mess!

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