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Cost of health-care insurance has no reason to keep rising



Published: Thu, December 19, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Cost of health-care insurance has no reason to keep rising

222In 1983, Congress passed the Tax Equity and Responsibility Act. What this act did was to establish criteria for establishing charges for services in hospitals and doctors offices based on what was termed DRGs (Diagnostic Related Groups). Acceptance of this methodology was universal and charges for these DRGs were set. Hospital emergency care was a different matter.

The bigger problem lies in the definition of terms. The “cost of health care” and “health-care costs” are not synonymous. The first is the charges that a hospital makes for services rendered. The second is the cost of health-care insurance. It is the “cost of health-care insurance” that is generally thought of as, “hospital and medical care,” and it is, in fact, the health-care insurance that is on the rise.

Should your readers take the time to understand the last line of the referenced paragraph they might realize that it is actually the cost of health-care insurance that the article is reporting

Leonard J. Sainato, Warren


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