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Doctors and Plans Blame Each Other for Costs



Health plans and physicians groups blame one another for market consolidations that they both claim are driving healthcare costs. But impartial observers say both sides are to blame and consumers are bearing the cost.



3 comments on "Doctors and Plans Blame Each Other for Costs"
JosiePatrick (11/29/2012 at 3:20 PM)

Let me get this straight. Dr. cannot make enough money unless they form larger and larger provider groups and reduce duplication and overhead. And insurers don't want to enter markets because they can't make enough money. Single payer would get rid of both these concerns and get costs under control. Do healthcare consumers really want to pay for either the inefficiencies of competition or the overpricing of monopolies? It's time for insurers to rethink their business model. Time for employers to get out of the healthcare business. And time for providers to carefully consider what their career expectations are.
kerry willis (11/29/2012 at 2:46 PM)

40% of the healthcare dollar is spent on administration...How come the insurance companies only want to "save" on the 60% of healthcare spending that provides jobs and bonuses to administrators...what a joke Additionally the biggest area of spending on physicians that is increasing is with Docs employed by a hospital where the Hospital charges excessive facility fees and negotiates larger reimbursement rates than insurance companies allow private Docs......and the spending increase is whose fault again?
jkuriyan (11/29/2012 at 10:08 AM)

Because of the promotion of integrated care management & delivery ACA encourages provider consolidation so we cannot just talk about breaking up provider groups as a way to increase competition.