Lack of health coverage makes us ‘penny-wise, pound-poorer’
Regarding the March 20 editorial “The AHCA's hidden costs will hurt everyone” (p. 24), I was struck by the remarks concerning higher costs of care for newly enrolled Medicare patients who were previously uninsured. I work in Oklahoma and we see this all the time. Our healthcare spending for those who haven't joined Medicare yet is relatively low—poorer, underinsured (we are a nonexpansion state) and limited access to primary care all contributing—but our per capita Medicare spending has steadily grown, and we are now in the top tier according to the Dartmouth Atlas. So your point speaks to pent-up demand, especially for those with chronic diseases. “Penny-wise, pound-poorer.”
Dr. Nicholas Twidale Elk City, Okla.