As a Board Member of our Professional Association (Greater Louisville Association of Health Underwriters, or GLAHU) I’m currently Co-Chair of our Media Relations. Â I try to submit something monthly, and especially when there is a major story on health care or health insurance. Â I think I’ve had at least three in the paper over the course of my time (since 2008). Â I had one get published on a Sunday (that’s the one that I received the most comments about, I think three people said something to me, all over the age of 60! Go figure…Ha Ha).
So, the process is when I see something, I send it to our National Association, and I ask them to put something together, or I work with them, but usually Kathryn at NAHU always gives me something great.
This morning I submitted the below editorial to the Courier-Journal. Â I’ve had good luck in the past getting in, so let’s hope we get another one!
A recent article reported that hospitals across the country are charging â€œwildly varying amounts for common major medical careâ€ (â€œCosts for same medical procedures vary widely at Louisville hospitals,â€ May 9). Even the director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Jonathan Blum, questions the validity of the practice.
The healthcare lawâ€™s efforts to improve access to insurance are admirable, but the problem isnâ€™t limited to the cost of health insurance. If we continue to ignore this â€œcost shiftingâ€ in hospitals as well as other pricing issues with pharmaceutical companies, healthcare equipment providers, medical malpractice suites and other causational factors, coverage will remain unaffordable. Addressing the systemâ€™s cost drivers is crucial to preventing that unfortunate outcome.
M. Zachary Zinser
Media Relations Co-Chair
Greater Louisville Association of Health Underwriters