Such policies will have a damaging ripple effects, driving up costs for consumers with serious medical conditions and prompting more insurers to flee the law’s marketplaces. I worry for the common man with a chronic disease.
If you know someone who is being a caregiver today, reach out to support them. Make a meal, offer to sit with the person who is ill for an afternoon and give them a break. Bring a gift for the caregiver with a thoughtful note. Sit with and really listen to your caregiving friend. Finally, ask “what can I do to help.” And do something.
We must acknowledge that our one-on-one human interactions are at the heart of the consumer’s health care experience. That includes our customer service lines, front desk teams, care management support, scheduling, and practitioner interaction. All of our “improvements” must support and enhance those interactions.