Health System Cost-Shifting in New Hampshire
Date: March 13th, 2011
The Center examines the health industry practice known as "cost-shifting"–charging certain patient populations more than the actual cost of their care so as to cover the cost of providing treatment to uninsured patients or Medicare and Medicaid patients whose expenses are not completely covered by the government.
For policy makers interested in limiting cost-shifting, the report presents three possible policy responses:
Any of these changes could significantly reduce the cost-shifting phenomenon–and theoretically reduce premiums for private payers. However, the costs of these policy options–specifically expansions in coverage and increases in reimbursement levels–would have to be borne by either the state or federal government.