Q. How does this differ from Health Savings Accounts and very high deductible plans on the ACA exchanges?
A. We think our plan would be much better at lowering costs. The Catastrophic Policies would be cheaper because they could be bought Nationally with no payment defaults and stripped of any mandatory additions such as birth control or prostate tests. You tailor you account to your individual needs. Everything else in healthcare should be cheaper. If a huge market with no credit risk or no third parties to add costs and paper work doesn’t lower costs than nothing will. One caveat, however, is in the beginning with so many newly covered even 2 1/2 years might not give providers time to gear up. That might result in some bottlenecks that might result in some temporarily higher prices or waiting times. We don’t think the market will let that go on very long. In any case providers are dropping Medicaid patients now at an alarming rate and that would never get better. Because surgeries are a big part of the Catastrophic Policies, one other thing we would like to see is a policy option that would cover accredited foreign providers to lower the premiums. According to the Oct./Nov issue of AARP magazine a heart bypass in the U.S. costs $88,000, In Costa Rica $31,500 and in India $14,400. We saw a brand new hospital in India and when we asked about the surgeons we were told that every one of them had served on the staff of a major U.S. hospital. Additionally this would put price pressure on our hospitals. In any case each dollar in your PSA would buy more health care than if it was put in a Health Savings Account or an ACA very high deductible plan does now. We believe that the differences could be substantial. As people’s accounts grow and innovation kicks in over time the problem as a percentage of GDP would shrink. You can’t say that about any other plan we’ve seen. Continue reading