Legislation regarding surprise billing in California has proven beneficial to patients, however, many physicians argue that the law's restraint on insurer negotiation could negatively impact patient care.
The use of intensity modulated radiation therapy after lumpectomy in early-stage breast cancer is associated with roughly $8500 more in Medicare expenditures yet yields no expected major clinical benefit.
“The financial struggle that legislators were trying to remove us from―trying to protect us from―patients might be right back in the middle of that situation,” said Stacey Pogue, a senior policy analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities.
A recent report shows the significant difficulties Americans face in accessing affordable treatment for mental illness and substance abuse, despite the law enacted over a decade ago mandating equal access for mental and physical health care.
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