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Opinion | It is a health-care disaster within the making – The Washington Submit


Relating to the Sept. 20 Metro article “Hopkins may drop CareFirst, leaving its patients in the lurch”:

As a health-care supplier practising in Baltimore Metropolis, I’ve seen my justifiable share of inequities due to pointless medical health insurance complexities, however the potential for 300,000 sufferers to lose their lined providers over a payer dispute takes the cake.

CareFirst accused Johns Hopkins Well being System of placing “the individuals we collectively serve” in the course of contract negotiations, which Hopkins denies. However what’s the true drawback right here? When the health-care system locations full and unchecked emphasis on revenue over affected person care, sufferers turn out to be pawns on the whim of those establishments.

The Medicare For All Act, as presented by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) within the Home and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Senate, would treatment this example by eradicating the complexity of this multi-payer, for-profit health-care system in trade for a federally administered medical health insurance program through which each single supplier and hospital can be thought-about “in community.”

Additional, it will rein in billions of wasted {dollars} spent on insurance coverage firm administrative prices which are at the moment handed on to sufferers. It might take away the monetary obstacles to care that exist in our present system by eliminating co-pays, premiums and deductibles — whereas harnessing the negotiating energy of Medicare to federally negotiate decrease drug costs. Most of all, it will permit america to lastly be a part of each main industrialized nation on the earth in providing well being care as a primary human proper.

Kristy Fogle, Reisterstown, Md.

The author, a licensed doctor assistant, is a board member with Progressive Maryland and founding father of the Maryland Progressive Healthcare Coalition.

I’m one of many 300,000-plus individuals within the metro space affected by the dispute between Johns Hopkins and CareFirst. I’m insured with BlueCross BlueShield by my out-of-state employer. My employer’s open enrollment interval has traditionally occurred in November, earlier than the Dec. 4 cutoff date. I do not need a alternative in insurance coverage apart from forgoing my employer’s insurance coverage and paying for it myself.

I’m a most cancers survivor. I’ve been cancer-free for 14 years. A number of years in the past, I intentionally began transferring to the Hopkins medical community with an eye fixed to having all my docs in a single system and looking out towards the day I’m eligible for Medicare. I wished to ensure that I might have continuity of care.

Now I’m in the course of two giant organizations enjoying hen. That is unconscionable towards each organizations’ sufferers and prospects.

Sarah Sullivan Wallace, Faculty Park

The pandemic is likely to be “over,” in response to these in energy, however we face one other health-care disaster within the D.C. space: medical health insurance protection.

The current strikes made by CareFirst and Johns Hopkins Well being System to discontinue protection, placing the medical care and lives of sufferers in danger, is terrible and unethical. To have interaction in such uncaring negotiation ways, with the fee being paid by sufferers, is the worst of our health-care system.

The selection of medical care and doctor-patient relationships is disappearing. D.C. should permit one other preferred-provider group choice to offer for people and households. At present, solely CareFirst and Kaiser are supplied. We should permit one other supplier to compete within the D.C. health-care market, or the lives and care of the numerous who stay right here shall be in danger.

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