ROADBLOCKS TO HEALTH REFORM: GREED, FEAR, NARROW NETWORKS

Dr. Philip Caper recently organized a conference examining why health care as a right is so hard to achieve in the U.S. Attendees characterized the results as AFIG: apathy, fear, ideology and ignorance, and greed. Caper reported on the conference in "Greed, fear and other roadblocks to health care reform" in his op-ed piece published in the Bangor Daily News on 2-18-15. The piece contains several useful links. LEARN MORE

Patients who have insurance also face roadblocks. Even at network facilities they may unknowingly be treated or operated on by out-of-network doctors. Julie Appleby explores the complexities of knowing when your provider is out-of-network in her piece "Even Insured Consumers Get Hit With Unexpectedly Large Medical Bills," which was posted by Kaiser Health News (KHN) on 2-18-15.  LEARN MORE