Letters

Disastrous Model

Jul 31, 2019

To the Editor:

Seniors and individuals with disabilities have relied on Medicare Part B for the more than 50 years to access needed medications for some of the most debilitating diseases. Unfortunately, bureaucrats in Washington are proposing changes that would disrupt the program and threaten patient access to the medicines they need.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to apply the International Pricing Index (IPI) model to Medicare Part B, setting the price it will pay for medications under the program to what 14 foreign countries pay. This would be disastrous.

Patients in countries that follow the IPI experience denials and delays to treatments. In fact, they have access to fewer than half of the new cancer medicines launched globally since 2011, while all are available in the U.S.

CMS should abandon the IPI proposal and instead focus on reforms that reduce drug costs without compromising access to today’s medicines and tomorrow’s cures.

Albert Swanke

Peahala Park

 

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