New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of someone's ability to pay or immigration status, an unprecedented plan that will protect the more than half-a-million New Yorkers now using the ER as a primary provider, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
The Times reports on Mayor de Blasio's plan to "guarantee health care for all New Yorkers", legal and otherwise.
Thiessen said that de Blasio claimed his plan will only cost the city $100 million in funds without increasing taxes, but doubted that would play out as the 57-year-old from Park Slope, Brooklyn predicted. First, officials will work to increase enrollment in MetroPlus, which is New York's public health insurance option. And if health care insurance did cost $166 per person per year then it wouldn't be a problem, would it? "We now have in New York City something that we can build on; we have a public [health care] option that we are ready to make much bigger". Patients will be matched with a primary care physician and guaranteed an appointment within a week or two. It will cost at least $100 million, but the mayor said that the city would save a lot because fewer people would go to the emergency room, which provides pricey and inefficient care. First we're getting you your health care.
'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country.
The mayor said all services would be affordable on a sliding scale for those who are able to pay a portion of the costs, while those who can not afford to pay will receive care for free. "All New Yorkers should have access to this kind of high-quality care".
NYC Care is expected to launch in the Bronx this summer and be available in the other four boroughs in 2021, the release said.
De Blasio's office credited the law, informally known as Obamacare, with bringing the number of uninsured Americans down to almost half of what it was in 2013. "Let's say they're having an after-hours issue and need understanding about where to get a prescription filled".
Mitchell Katz, MD, president and CEO of NYC Health and Hospitals, the city's public healthcare network, noted that prescription drugs are one thing most people are anxious about being able to afford, but "under this program, pharmaceutical costs are covered".
Adams called the mayor's move "a watershed moment" but also raised questions regarding the program's affordability, and how it will reshape NYC's existing health care system.