lately it seems you cant turn on the tv or radio without hearing about health care reform… it seems everyone is an expert even though most everyone has no real understanding of the economics or logistics of our nation’s hospitals. anyways, according to this article i read on NPR’s website, one of the insurance companies former PR executives has been encouraging health care reform, claiming that insurance companies have been scrambling to prevent expensive, but much needed, reform to the health care system.
i think too much of the conversation about health care has been taking place between people who A.) have no connection to the health care industry and B.) have no understanding of the economics or logistics of hospitals and major health care reform. the reality of US politics is the people who make all of our national decisions (and in the case of the media, shape our opinions) are tragically underqualified and often working not in the name of our collective interests but instead their own private agenda. i digress, but let it be known that i work in one of the largest US hospitals (not for the hospital, but in the hospital) and i still feel like i am under-informed on the whole health care reform process. below i have attached three news articles from the economist, my favorite and most reliable news source, that have helped me understand the current health reform bill. furthermore, i found this article (with quotes from UNC’s own jonathan oberlander, no less) on npr’s website that i think explains a lot of the confusion and hyperbole surrounding the bills – as the same scare tactics have been used agains health care reform for a hundred years..
Health Reform: What Now for Obamacare? from the economist – explains the actual reforms along with costs of reform and current costs of our system
America’s Hospital Industry: Taking a Scalpel to Costs from the economist – explains the potential gains from reform as well as a perspective of the hospital management
Congress’s New Health-Care Plan: Soak the Rich from the economist – explains the problems with the bill, a few ways reform could be funded
without sounding overly preachy, although that time may have already passed, i have talked a little here and there with various surgeons and doctors and residents here at the #3 hospital in the country and i cant seem to understand the opposition to the bill. it seems it concurrently saves money, increases quality and coverage as well as more specifically defines the standard of practice. it just makes logical sense from the patient and health provider point of view. i think the only good reason i have heard why it has taken such harsh criticism is that it is democratically sponsored and could potentially uninflate the enormous profits made by insurance companies. otherwise it seems like people are cookin up a big ole pot of american bulljive about why this bill shouldnt pass. i welcome concerns, questions and criticisms.