Public options, a closely evaluated health policy intervention by the public sector to spur provider competition and patient savings, could take many forms in the US health system.
Interactions between providers and health plan carriers are shaped by competitive landscapes on either end, while different dimensions of health care service / spending have different potentials for reimbursement oriented reforms.
We explore a series of 7 illustrative scenarios, in which provider reimbursement rates would be subject to region specific cuts, and several levels of prescription drug savings are added for illustrative purposes.
Behind this mildly satisfying animated illustration, it is important to note that such analysis would not be possible without first and foremost understanding and programmatically expressing the regulatory landscape of health insurance rating rules across states. This, we shall explore in part 2 below.