Aetna? Blue Cross? United Health Care?
Nope … Uncle Sam:
According to the American Medical Association’s National Health Insurer Report Card for 2008, the government’s health plan, Medicare, denied medical claims at nearly double the average for private insurers: Medicare denied 6.85% of claims. The highest private insurance denier was Aetna @ 6.8%, followed by Anthem Blue Cross @ 3.44, with an average denial rate of medical claims by private insurers of 3.88%
Of course Democrats keep telling us that outrageous denial of claims by private insurers is the primary reason why we MUST have a government-controlled health care system. Liberals have continually trotted out bogus statistics (private insurers “deny 1 out of every 5 treatments prescribed by doctors”, etc.) and fishy sob stories in order to scare the general public into believing that only government intervention can guarantee access to medical care with zero risk of denials.
If you combine Medicare’s current denial rate with their dismal reimbursements, cumbersome red tape, and abundant fraud, and then imagine an expansion of that system on a scale that will eventually control every single medical procedure in the United States, you end up with one hell of a health care nightmare.
As if we needed yet another reason to fear government health care “reform.”
(h/t Say Anything)
ADDED: PowerLine’s John Hinderaker wonders how many of the claims Medicare denies are a product of the fraud that is so rampant in its system. Still, his conclusion is right on target: “… it is certainly true that once the government has your health care safely in its hands, it will treat you with the same shoddy carelessness that typifies every socialized medicine system in the world.”