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Health and Human Services have canceled their “Mystery Shopper” program. This program was to give HHS information on getting Doctor Appointments. They wanted information on how long someone would have to wait to be seen. They would call a medical practice and state they had Medicare, Medicaid, & Private Insurance to see if waiting times were different.  They could have been trying to make a case that Doctors will treat patients faster if they have an insurance policy that pays more.

The New York Times broke the story and soon after that there was pressure to end it from both politicians and medical providers.

This kind of information could be used to determine rationing, but HHS needs to go about collecting it in more transparent way.