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AHIP Statement on the Status of Health Care Reform
Date:2/22/2010

ork charges. Our survey of out-of-network fees found that a patient in Colorado was charged $26,000 for gall bladder surgery when Medicare’s fee was only $681. A patient in California was charged $15,870 for cataract surgery when Medicare only pays $638.
 
  • According to the International Federation of Health Plans, on a unit-cost basis the American people pay 50 to 60 percent more than every other industrialized nation for medicines, technology, and professional services. In other words, we are paying more – far more – for every doctor visit, every procedure, and every diagnostic test than our global competitors.

“The nation needs a systematic, comprehensive process to ensure that health care costs are brought under control and that coverage becomes and remains affordable for all Americans. That means looking closely and continually at all of the areas that make our health care system unaffordable:

 
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