Increasing the Costs of Healthcare to Consumers

You know who your friends are by what they do, not what they say.

At Aetna’s request, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are reducing what insurance companies reimburse for colonoscopies.

As if Aetna isn’t profitable enough.

Colonoscopies are considered essential for Americans over a certain age. There’s a debate over whether that age should be 40 or 50, and with rising rates of colon cancer, there’s some question about whether these tests should start at a much earlier age.

However, now insurers will be required to pay less for the tests, which means consumers will pay more.

Presumably, there will be more to come unless House Democrats can stop announced GOP efforts to cut Medicare benefits in 2019.

I guess Trump voters are rich.


Sources:

  1. https://www.beckersasc.com/gastroenterology-and-endoscopy/gi-societies-slam-cms-decision-to-side-with-anthem-devalue-gi-codes-5-insights.html

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