Who Denies More Medical Claims Than All Others?
Well, unsurprisingly, it isn’t private insurance companies, in some cases by quite a large margin. A chart from some recent research by Beverly Gossage of the Show-Me Institute makes the case:
You remember the outcry about CIGNA’s denial of Natalee Sarkisian’s liver transplant a couple of years ago? Well, as you can see by the numbers the chance of denial from Medicare is much higher than one from CIGNA.
It is these sorts of facts which are not apparent in the constant demonization of private insurance.
Interestingly, the AMA has come out in favor of government “health care reform” – whatever that may mean. The irony is the information that Ms. Gossage found came from the AMA’s own 2008 National Health Insurer Report. Is this the type of “competition and choice” the government insurance introduced in a public option would bring? Higher denial rates than private insurance?
I guess that’s insurance “reform”.