I received an op-ed from Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet, a past board member of AAPS, that turned out to be a good editorial.
AAPS is so conservative that it’s about as skeptical of the concept of managed care as of government health programs.
The people who write its editorials are smart people who always make an interest, difficult-to-refute argument. Whether you agree with them or disagree with them, they do a great job of making their case.
The subject line for the email promoting Vliet’s latest op-ed — “Obamacare: To Enroll or Not to Enroll? That is the Question” — almost led me to have a serious health care incident.
It turned out that Vliet was recommending that people save their own money; look for high-value, budget-conscious, cash-only medical practices; and buy very-high-deductible catastrophic insurance to protect themselves against true catastrophes.
On the one hand, that seems like truly sensible advice. It seems as if it always makes obvious sense for anyone who’s any good at budgeting to save as much as possible and buy the insurance policy with the highest deductible that they can stand.