Need more al­ter­na­tives

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

Re­gard­ing “The high-de­ductible trap” (ModernHealth­, July 2), if high­d­e­ductible plans are not sat­is­fac­tory, we need al­ter­na­tives. Ei­ther a low-paid in­di­vid­ual has to shoul­der the bur­den of higher monthly pre­mi­ums or a large de­ductible at the time of an in­ci­dent. The health­care re­form law is still con­fus­ing to most em­ploy­ers and, frankly, still has a lot of ex­pla­na­tions and def­i­ni­tions com­ing out daily. Clearly the en­tire health pic­ture was not con­sid­ered at the time it was passed. Hos­pi­tals and physi­cians are still us­ing busi­ness plat­forms that are 100 years old and con­tinue to pro­tect their po­si­tion. We need in­tel­li­gent, flex­i­ble and com­pas­sion­ate health­care pro­fes­sion­als to be­gin to ad­dress the in­her­ent prob­lems of our national health­care is­sues. Wil­liam Ben­nett Chair­man WorkSiteRx


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