Florida is one of the states that has filed a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act challenging the constitutionality of the mandate to get minimal health coverage. While some politicians seem to think they are experts on how to fix health care, what do physicians have to say about this?
In an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, physicians say that the FL health insurance mandate and a similar mandate for every state is the only way to expand health care access to the public and keep health care costs from increasing. According to Dr. Edward Miller, dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, policymakers and as well as the judiciary should never lose sight of the patients. The overall health and wellness of patients greatly depends on access to health care. Dr. Miller also says it is very necessary to straighten out the system, and the Florida health care mandate is one key to do that.
Miller views the mandate as being critical to halt “free riding” where people who can’t afford Fl health insurance coverage, or even those who can and prefer someone else pay for their care, stop shifting the cost of their health care to someone else. Unpaid medical bills are sometimes mitigated by raising prices for those who are insured. When insurers pay higher prices, they pass the increase in costs back to policyholders in the form of higher premiums. It’s a vicious and apparently unending cycle, but spreading the cost equally across society may be the only way to help. It’s how all other developed nations are doing it.
Since trying to ignore that people who can’t afford to see a doctor for low-cost preventive care end up in the emergency room for the most expensive form of health care hasn’t worked for decades, physicians just might have a point. In a report by the Department of Health and Human Resources, uncompensated health care in the U.S. is up to approximately $73 billion, which has resulted in an annual $1,000 increase in insurance premiums. Miller said that the mandate can reduce the uncompensated care level and reduce passing the costs to those of us buying FL health coverage.
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