One of the few things that both Donald Trump and Hillary 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.
This episode was adapted from a column Aaron wrote for the Upshot. Links to further reading and sources can be found there: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/28/upshot/when-having-insurance-still-leaves-you-dangerously-uncovered.html