Healthcare Reform Pace is Dizzying, but Unavoidable

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , August 1, 2012

No one should doubt the sincerity of the doctors' concerns. However, the "used to be" method of practicing medicine that Sorrell refers to relied on a fee-for-service model that has been a key driver in rising healthcare costs.

Donald Berwick, MD, the former and controversial administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, noted in a study this spring that waste, fraud, and abuse exceed 20% of total healthcare expenditures in the United States. Medicine can no longer afford to simply "do what is best for you and your family" in an uncoordinated manner that doesn't attempt to streamline processes and identify wasteful redundancies.

While many of us can remember a simpler time for healthcare delivery, those days are gone for good.

The driver here is not ideology or politics. The driver is money. Healthcare is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many of Americans with annual cost growth that is two- to three-times higher than the rate of inflation in the overall economy.  (That may be about to change in Massachusetts, where a cost containment bill is on the way to being signed by Governor Deval Patrick (D).)

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1 comments on "Healthcare Reform Pace is Dizzying, but Unavoidable"

Satish Nayak (8/6/2012 at 10:05 AM)
Doctors are not leaving their professions due to reimbursement problems only . It is also did to frustration caused by healthcare administrators who in their eagerness to save dollars so they can get huge bonuses,interfering in their management of patients . These people look at numbers only sitting in their palaces without getting real input from the doctors who are at the patients bedside. It will be a great day when doctors take charge of managing their professions and get rid of these parasites who are doing so now !




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