Medical Tuesday Blog
The Gluttons have taken over.
I have railed until I’m blue that we physicians could bring this nation to its’ knees in 6 hours. We won’t because the vast majority of us actually care about our patients and we’re not built that way. Having said that, I don’t think there is another way to re-establish our control of medical care. Industry, government and the bean counters have taken control; they will not give up without a fight. We always must choose the moral high ground; if we are honest and always keep our patients first, we can win the battle. We may not reap the benefits during our professional life, but more importantly, we can secure a better future in which our patients as well as we, can reap the benefits.
Peter Balsam, MD, Gastroenterology
The power of physician voices gets diluted when we divide the issues that negatively impact physicians’ practices and lives, e.g. EMR, burnout issues, etc. and general societal issues that have anything to do with Americans health, e.g. gun control, climate change, video game overuse, etc.
James Tobin, MD, Anesthesiology: See HealthPlanUSA Review for July for the answer:
Reply: The Health Plan for the USA is the answer to the above problem:
Key features of Whole Foods’ “consumer driven” health-care plan: CDHP
The Health Plan for the USA (HPUSA) has to neutralize the insurance/hospital/medical complex by not being party to any of its stakeholders.
HPUSA uses a deductible equal to the average basic healthcare cost for each decade of life which is the uninsurable portion. All additional coverage has a scalable copay to keep the patient in charge. This is the best instruction to resolve the afore mentioned problem.
Medical Gluttony thrives in Government and Health Insurance Programs.
It Disappears with Appropriate Deductibles and Co-payments on Every Service.
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