A 2017 Kaiser Family Foundation report says that Medicare Advantage beneficiaries have fewer physicians to choose from. But a study published in the April 2019 issue of Health Affairs paints a drastically different picture of MA plan networks—one that upends that prevailing wisdom.
Somebody Turn on the Lights
Uwe Reinhardt died in 2017 but the famous health care economist’s advice lives on. His book, Priced Out: The Economic and Ethical Costs of American Health Care, is out. What a coincidence. Our cover story takes on the maddening opacity of health care costs. The deck on our cover plays on one of the main points we took from our 2013 Q&A with Reinhardt: “Why nobody knows what anything costs in health care and what can be done about it.” In February, Senior Contributing Editor Timothy Kelley wrote the must-read article about Medicare Advantage. He may have done the same with this intransigent problem.