As the year 2021 draws to a close, the No Surprise Bill will make its way. Soon, it will be illegal to charge patients for medical flight services availed during emergencies. However, there are several groups that are opposing this change vehemently. What does it actually mean to the common man? Will there be a compromise in care due to the bill? These are some of the questions that are bothering several people across the United States. In this context, it is not just some players involved in medical flight services who are opposing this bill, there are several medical practitioners too who have joined the chorus.
Not Just Medical Flight Services
It is not only the medical flight services that will be included in the No Surprise Bill but also medical care in general. Medical scans, lab tests, consultations, treatment, etc., too will come under this bill. The common man would be completely insulated from being responsible for bearing such medical expenses. Instead, it will be a matter that has to be sorted between the service providers and the insurance companies. Experts say that, on its part, the insurance company has already come up with standard payments for certain services. This move has been a thorn that has bothered medical professionals.
Private-Equity-Based Care Will Bear the Brunt of It
There are several for-profit organizations out there that literally compel people to opt for services that come under particular insurance networks, failing this, the patient would be liable to make the balance payments that the insurance does not cover. This is set to change with the bill which will come into effect from January 2022. The insurance payments too are slated to come down, which means that the United States will see some cooling off when it comes to healthcare costs in general. Currently, US healthcare costs are among the highest in the world.