Johnson’s claim on out-of-pocket health costs ‘mostly true’, finds PolitiFact Wisconsin

Ron Johnson

On Ron Johnson’s weeks-long ride on the health care roller coaster, he said: “In the ‘40s, 68 cents of every health care dollar was actually paid for by the patient. Today it’s only 11 cents. So nobody cares really what they pay for anything, which is why costs run out of control.” PolitiFact Wisconsin checks the facts.

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  1. The elephant in the room on costs is the lack of cost control. Every other health care system in the world has government control of costs. See the PBS documentary “Sick around the World”. Japan, Germany, Taiwan and other countries have private doctors, private hospitals etc but they government puts a lid on what they can charge. Raising prices on medicine, hospital stays and doctor visits is not just do to better treatment options. Epi-Pen is one example. You compared the percentage of patient income devoted to healthcare but you did not examine the relative income of doctors and hospitals in the 1940s and 1950s to that income now. I believe the non-profit Insurance company gains were also considerably more modest than they are now.
    Jerry Scribner

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