I recently saw a patient at a local Utah hospital who developed kidney failure because this patient has no insurance and could not get treatment in time.
Now, this patient has renal failure for which Medicare, which pays for patients with end-stage renal failure, will likely end up spending close to a million dollars over this patient's lifetime. It would have cost only a few thousand dollars to provide this person with insurance, much less than what will be spent now.
This is not a rare case, and there are many more examples like this.
So, by not providing people with basic insurance, the taxpayers are spending way more on them. This is something I would like to tell anyone who is struggling to understand how, by providing more people with health insurance, we actually reduce health care costs incurred by taxpayers.
Adhish Agarwal, M.D.