Trump Is Looking To Halt Insurer Payments To Force Democrats Into Negotiations On Healthcare
In an interview with the Wall Street Journey on Wednesday, U.S President Donald Trump said that he is considering withholding billions of dollars of Obamacare payments to health insurers; forcing Democrats into negotiations over the future of healthcare in the country.
Not funding the payments, which help cover out-of-pocket medical expenses for low-income Americans, could have a serious effect on the individual insurance markets. Insurers and medical groups penned a letter to Mr Trump urging him to remain funding the subsidies, which amount to around $7 billion a year and are paid directly to insurers. 7 million Americans are covered by the payments which help cover medical expenses, deductibles and premiums.
House of Representatives Republicans and the Obama administration are in a pending legal case in the U.S. Court of appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, after a federal judge ruled in favour of the republicans in May 2016. The Republicans sued the Obama administration for funding the subsidies, which they argued have to be approved by Congress.
Many consumers may be forced to pick a health insurance plan as major insures, including Humana Inc and Aetna have announced their intention to leave the Obamacare exchanges after citing multi-million-dollar losses and patient populations higher than expected.
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”