Car­son’s ideas on HSAs have plenty of merit

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the re­cent on­line blog post “Putting Ben Car­son’s health­care pro­posal un­der the mi­cro­scope” (Mod­ern­Health­, Oct. 27), it is in­ap­pro­pri­ate to com­pletely be­lit­tle Dr. Ben Car­son’s ex­per­tise on health­care pol­icy with lit­tle dis­cus­sion on the de­tails of his plan. I won’t be vot­ing for Car­son, but I be­lieve the broad use of health sav­ings ac­counts is a great con­cept and one that can help solve our long-term health­care prob­lem.

Ul­ti­mately, con­sumers need to bear a lot more of the financial bur­den and risk of their health­care. This will make peo­ple much more con­scious of their risky be­hav­iors. Lots of es­teemed ex­perts agree with this con­cept. Car­son’s plan may have holes in it, but don’t dis­miss the fun­da­men­tal idea.

Pa­tri­cio Casil­las Mi­ami

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