Being in the healthcare industry for the past 17 years has opened up my eyes to some of the biggest healthcare problems in America. Fraud, greed and waste to the healthcare consumer are admittedly problems that have to be fixed before any of Sen. John McCains ideas can really have an effect.
Until the Justice Department changes the way it prosecutes these illegal acts and actually puts the people who are culpable in jail, we will continue to see fines to the companies and recoveries that really dont address the base problem. There is a systemic thought-process by many corporate executives in the healthcare field that the money they receive from the feds is like Monopoly money.
Healthcare costs continue to rise at two to three times the rate of inflation and what the feds are quick to do is settle the frauds found by collecting big fines that the people designing the frauds never pay for. Shareholders and taxpayers pay these fines, and we find the administrators, CFOs, etc., moving to other healthcare companies to educate everyone at the new facilities on how to enhance revenues.
McCain, if you truly want to impact the healthcare system in this country, stop the theft of 37 cents of every healthcare dollar spent in America. Until we can actually manage the money we are already spending, any discussion of putting the payment for health are back in the hands of the consumer is just so much more rhetoric. I have doctors that are in buildings I own who are receiving rent subsidies that already eclipse over $10 per square foot for a five-year period. The subsidies to these physicians will add up to the same amount that was paid for the entire building. This loss to the hospital system is, if I am guessing, going straight to their Medicare cost report for the purpose of determining what they will be reimbursed. This is a joke.
You have to fix the system you have in place, and to do that, you will have to put systems in place that will not let our healthcare dollars be stolen or given away to people and companies that dont deserve the monies. The $700,000 subsidy to physicians in an on-campus medical office building computes to 140 families having health insurance under McCains proposal! By the way, I am a big McCain supporter, and I wish him the best.
Floyd WilsonPresidentProperty SolutionsHuntsville, Ala.
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