Modern Healthcare reporter Rebecca Vesely, based in San Francisco, covers health insurers and managed care. How healthy does 2009 look for those sectors?
The economic recession is likely to be a two-sided coin for major insurers. On one side, they could see their medical costs drop as patients delay or forgo care because they have either lost their insurance or they can no longer afford the out-of-pocket costs. This is good news for insurers’ bottom lines.
On the flip side, insurers rely heavily on employer accounts. Some of those accounts are being lost either because employers are demanding better rates or because employers are going out of business.
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