Like Solar always asks, why can’t we love each other and work together? Everyone seems to have their own agenda. What do you think we could accomplish if we could just all work together?
That’s why this health care reform scares me. They couldn’t get everyone to work together. The Dems were trying to hurry up and show that they could accomplish something, anything. The Repubs wanted to make sure nothing good was accomplished. It was a recipe for disaster. I’m pretty sure that there were good things in the health care reform bill but in this environment, it would be a miracle if the final outcome turns out to be good.
We have all played a role in screwing up health care and we all need to acknowledge that and each make changes if we want health care to be better.
We the patient, need to be more responsible in taking care of ourselves. We need to keep up with our health maintenance. We need to seek appropriate care, at the appropriate place and the appropriate time. We need to realize that we are the ones ultimately paying for health care so keeping the costs down helps us all.
Health practitioners need to help provide for health maintenance, recommend or provide appropriate resources for the patient to maintain or obtain good health, be frugal when prescribing procedures, surgical intervention and medications. Really look for the most efficacious and cost effective treatment. Measure and record outcomes and have reimbursement dependent somewhat on outcomes.
Then there are those businesses that provide what is needed to provide for good health. Now that’s another story. They are in it for the money. Not sure they could ever work with the rest of us.
Doc Dean mentioned on the Ratigan program that health care providers need to have a fixed amount of money to provide for a fixed number of patients. They need to find the best way to utilize that money to provide the best outcomes. I’m paraphrasing here, but he has hit the nail on the head.
Maybe there needs to be the threat of random audits for health care providers. As with anything, if no one is watching, people aren’t likely to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. Sad but true.