Insurers have been under sharp attack for causing many of the problems reform is designed to address. One response has been to shift the responsibility for these problems to other components of the health system; in this case physicians’ fees.
Healthways’ Center for Health Research put our a report estimating that Medicare could save over $100 billion a year if beneficiaries entered the program in better health and maintained good health status.
Patients are responsible for an increasing share of their medical expenses, which has increased provider bad debt and collection expense. In response, providers are asking to be paid at the time of service.
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