How the Supreme Court's Decision Affects Healthcare: Thoughts From Health Inventures' Dr. Chuck Peck
Chuck Peck, MD, CEO of Health Inventures, submitted the following thoughts on the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the healthcare reform law on June 28.
Chuck Peck, MD: This is a good thing for patients and our country. Our national embarrassment of 50 million uninsured is finally over. The subsidizing of non-emergent care in hospital EDs by the insured and the government should ease. Those who have been shut out of the medical care system, including ASCs, will now have access. This should help reverse the declining case volume trend in some parts of the country.
The upholding of the individual mandate will help flatten the insurance premium curve by spreading risk more evenly through the inclusion of both the healthy and the sick. The market had decades to correct the problems – it didn’t happen and would not have happened in the future. Our industry should embrace this historic decision and welcome those who have needed care but who could not afford it.
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