Whether prompted by the Affordable Care Act, active third party insurers or natural evolution, there is a sea of change in costs faced by patients of health care providers. Otherwise known as CONSUMERS. Regretfully, as patients face larger and larger personal financial responsibility for the use of health care, they are ill equipped with the information and habits which normally promote good consumerism. This article addresses what Patients and Providers can do to more effectively participate in the new world of health care reimbursement.
The EpiPen. This device, containing an injection of epinephrine used on people with severe food allergies, has recently sparked much debate and controversy. Without this injection, the result for someone with this type of allergy can be fatal. So you can imagine the emotions created when the price of this lifesaving drug increased by 400%. This dramatic increase drove the reported cost of the EpiPen to $600 for consumers and they were outraged.