Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
It is often amazing what you can learn from letters to the editor. This week's letter from Eric Walker was an "eye-opener" that made me explore the issue of surprise medical bills further. I found out that there are millions of dollars being billed to patients after an emergency room visit, which have been denied by their insurance carrier. Patients don't know what to do, since their insurer has the final say on what they will pay.
I've heard several of the Democrat presidential candidates telling us what they will do when elected. Most of them are promising Medicare for all, which is never defined. Who are the "all"? What coverage are they touting? Since this administration did away with the health care mandate fee (pay not to have coverage), why not talk about fixing some of the other things that are wrong with Obamacare, which now insures millions of people? While those candidates are peddling pipe dreams, someone ought to address the existing problems. When insurance companies and doctors get together to negotiate prices, things should improve and leave patients with no surprises.
Thank you, Mr. Walker, for making me look into this real-life situation.