Patients Foregoing Care Due To High Deductibles

Patients Foregoing Care Due To High Deductibles

The Affordable Care Act was meant to be affordable; however, many are finding the new law to be the opposite. According to a recent New York Times article, patients are foregoing medical examinations due to high deductible costs. For example:

“Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, and with good reason: She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011, spending weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, and has a second, smaller aneurysm that needs monitoring.

But her new plan has a $6,000 annual deductible, meaning that Ms. Wanderlich, who works part time at a landscaping company outside Chicago, has to pay for most of her medical services up to that amount. She is skipping this year’s brain scan and hoping for the best.”

Ms. Wanderlich appears to be one, among many, making the decision to opt out of screening to save money. Unfortunately, she, like many others, has come to realize that this new law is affordable in name only.

 

Click here to read the full New York Times article. 

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