Who Needs Transparency When You Can Have an Estimator?

We all know hospitals and insurers are pissed about having to be transparent. Well, they are not going down without a fight:

ACHP hopes it can convince the Trump administration to abandon its proposalto require health plans to disclose their negotiated rates with providers, which both insurers and providers fiercely oppose. Instead, the group wants a voluntary approach where plans help patients comparison shop for care by offering reliable estimates of how much it would cost them out of pocket to receive care from different providers.

This estimator is a joke. It is about control:

ACHP wants consumers to be able to see estimated out-of-pocket costs, relative to their current plan deductible and copays, for a wide range of services and providers in their local area

Do you see how their estimator is just an online tool that works off their insurance product? It’s fluff. It basically explains how your insurance works and how you are being screwed. It will DO NOTHING to bring down the cost of care.

These two groups are some of the biggest lobbying groups in the country. They are flush with cash. OUR CASH! I bet they will pay off all the right people to get this done.

I’m sickened but these groups. ZDoggMD, where the f$ck are you on this?

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “Who Needs Transparency When You Can Have an Estimator?

  1. R Stuart
    February 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Serious question: do you favor government regulation to control the abuses of the insurers, or should this be left to the free market?

    • Douglas Farrago MD
      February 11, 2020 at 5:52 pm

      Free market but we may (possibly?) need to government to help break these monopolies. When is the last time you heard “Take 15 minutes to save 15% on your health insurance”?

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