The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Further Restricting Our Medical Options

Feb 3, 2014

The Blues, like other health care insurers, are moving to partner with hospitals and their doctors to create local networks. These networks are being set up to control the cost of benefits to be provided to individual subscribers.

Of course, this will restrict the subscriber to one set of doctors, one set of hospitals. In other words, it will restrict choice, and people be damned who like their current doctor or have been going to a hospital not on their list for treatment! Unlike Traditional or PPO models, there are no out-of-network benefits, except in tightly defined emergencies.

The best in health care should be offered to all regardless of wealth or class. Instead of controlling medical costs for all, this system looks to a separate but unequal treatment for the population.