Without systemic change in health care, affordability remains elusive
Mark Smith, president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation, concurs with a point recently made on this blog: the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordability Act while expected to substantially cut the numbers of those without medical insurance or a managed care plan still leaves them at the mercy of a health care system that is growing increasingly unaffordable. That’s truly ironic given that patient affordability is specifcally mentioned in the title of the federal legislation.
Smith lays out several prescriptions that he believes are necessary to hold down medical costs lest they render the Patient Protection and Affordability Act unaffordable by the time most of its provisions take effect in 2014.
Smith’s op-ed in today’s Sacramento Bee can be read here.