April 6, 2010
My $2,374 cut-thumb emergency room bill
Of course, the health care reform bill was just signed last month. I know I should be more of a health care policy wonk. If I were, I might understand how the health care overhaul might reduce this kind of cost for an emergency room visit--to my insurance company or to me.
According to HealthReform.gov, the health care reform is supposed to make health care "affordable and accessible for everyone." The argument is that by expanding health insurance to all Americans, "and creating caps on the health care expenses that people pay out of pocket, health insurance reform will make health care affordable to everyone. ... Premiums are high, in part, because of the 'hidden insurance tax' of more than $1,000 for unpaid costs of care of the uninsured."
If any health care policy wonks--pro and con--want to chime in. If you have suggestions of anyone to bug, who might be able to tell me whether health care reform will reduced the costs of a cut-thumb visit, please let me know.