TRUSTED NEWS LEADER FOR COTTONWOOD, CAMP VERDE & THE VERDE VALLEY
Thu, Sept. 19

Letter: Government rate setting will be a disaster

Editor:

Recently, several radio and TV ads are advising us that Congress has started work on the issue of “surprise” medical bills. I didn’t even know what they meant until I’d heard the ads enough times to be able to research it on the Internet.

These bills usually surface after an emergency. There are very limited choices in rural areas, so we all just go to the nearest facility. Insurance companies deny some of the doctor or lab charges for being out-of-network. Insured people believe they will be covered in an emergency.

As Congress moves to act on this problem, we need to let our elected officials know that a one size fits all quick fix is not the answer. Government rate setting will be a disaster.

In rural areas we are already suffering from lack of doctors, and hospitals can be miles away.

If the government sets the reimbursement rates on the advice of insurance companies, we will be assured of hospitals closing and doctors leaving.

Congress needs to listen to all the stakeholders, such as doctors and patients, not just insurance company lobbyist. Rural areas have a lot to lose if this is handled wrong.

Samuel Reed

Cottonwood

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