Issue Briefs

Why affordability matters

Medical advances don’t mean much if the people who need them most can’t afford them. But that’s the reality for millions of people today—even those with employer-sponsored health insurance or Medicare. Rising premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and coinsurance are leaving more Americans than ever underinsured and unable to afford treatment.

55% percent of American adults worry a great deal about whether healthcare will be available and affordable.

PAN and other charitable patient financial assistance programs provide a critical safety net for many of the most vulnerable people with serious health conditions. But it’s not enough.

Unless we change the system, the situation is likely to only get worse. Please see below The PAN Foundation’s official issue briefs on how we can address the issues surrounding out-of-pocket costs.

Issue Briefs