Out-of-pocket cost prob­lem doesn’t hit all equally

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the Jan. 11 edi­to­rial “What’s be­hind the out-of-pocket cost prob­lem” (Mod­ern Health­care, p. 24), it is im­por­tant to un­der­stand that the “out-of-pocket cost prob­lem” does not af­fect all peo­ple equally. Those with life-threat­en­ing, chronic and rare dis­eases who re­quire spe­cialty med­i­ca­tions are dis­pro­por­tion­ately bur­dened by high out-of-pocket costs. Un­for­tu­nately, this is of­ten peo­ple on Medi­care, many of whom do not qual­ify for low-in­come sub­si­dies but also can­not af­ford the cost-shar­ing re­quired by Medi­care Part D.

Daniel Klein Pres­i­dent and CEO Pa­tient Ac­cess Net­work Foun­da­tion Wash­ing­ton

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