Affordable Care Act: Physician perspective

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by Jay Crandall

Physician concerns

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 26 at 7:19 PM

PHOENIX -- Whether you call it the Affordable Care Act  or Obamacare, there is still some opposition to this new health care legislation.

A few weeks ago, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake introduced a bill that would delay all of the provisions for a year. But politicians aren't the only ones fighting back.

Some in the medical community wonder if the Affordable Care Act is a viable solution. "Over the last 20 years or so it has evolved into what is really more, pre-paid health care," says valley surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Singer.

He believes the insurance industry, as it is currently set up, has created a voiceless consumer. "But when you have a third party paying for it, you take the consumer and the producer out of the negotiation game, and the only person picking up the tab is some third party,” says Singer.

"So costs become less of a concern," he continues. "And costs keep going up, up, up, up. So we have a situation nowadays where the reason we have such rising health care costs is because neither the doctor nor the hospital nor the patient are really concerned about how much things cost because the other guy is picking up the bill. So I would argue what we need is not more insurance, we need less insurance."

Dr. Singer is also an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. He recently wrote and opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal explaining how one patient saved $17K by not using insurance. You can read that here.

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