One of the few things that both Donald trump and Hilary Clinton seemed to agree on is that high out-of-pocket spending, specifically as it relates to the Affordable Care Act, is a problem. One of Clinton’s most popular health care proposals during her campaign was to reduce out of pocket spending to more “manageable” levels for many Americans. President-elect Trump sought to fix this problem by repealing the ACA and replacing it with something better.
Reducing out-of-pocket spending, however, will require some tradeoffs. No easy solution exists, but there are examples out there worthy of consideration. That’s the topic of this week’s Healthcare Triage.