Who should pay the tab for opi­oid ad­dic­tion treat­ment?

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the blog post “Is it smart to be stingy about cov­er­ing ad­dic­tion treat­ment?” (Mod­ern­Health­care.com, Dec. 28), wel­come to the lat­est chap­ter in the book of “Ev­ery­thing in health­care should be free all the time,” and its se­quel, “Why is health­care in­sur­ance so ex­pen­sive?”

Re­lated: The ques­tion posed is: Are heroin ad­dicts go­ing to think about their de­ductible and co­pays be­fore snort­ing or shoot­ing up? Per­haps not. But a bet­ter ques­tion would be: Should the av­er­age fam­ily try­ing to af­ford sky- high health in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums be com­pelled to un­der­write the di­rect costs of folks who choose to use ad­dic­tive drugs? Dr. Ed­ward Fotsch

Sausal­ito, Calif.

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