Pro Publica is publishing a useful series of articles examining the health-care industry in the USA - and how its ultimate "beneficiaries" are not us, the patients, but the companies raking in huge excess profits and violating our privacy. A selection of the articles so far:
1. Why Your Health Insurer Doesn’t Care About Your Big Bills. Patients may think their insurers are fighting on their behalf for the best prices. But saving patients money is often not their top priority.
2. Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates. Without any public scrutiny, insurers and data brokers are predicting your health costs based on data about things like race, marital status, how much TV you watch, whether you pay your bills on time or even buy plus-size clothing.
3. Your Medical Devices Are Not Keeping Your Health Data to Themselves. CPAP units, heart monitors, blood glucose meters and lifestyle apps generate information that can be used in ways patients don’t necessarily expect. It can be sold for advertising or even shared with insurers, who may use it to deny reimbursement.
There are several other articles in the series, with more to come. If medical costs are a concern to you (and they sure are to me!), they're all worth reading. Recommended.