Regarding We need to make universal care happen:
I agree, and the facts support Robert M. Montions reference to a wasteful, inefficient system, but universal care is not the answer. It will not improve outcomes, allow for entrepreneurial innovation or lower costs. What government-run program has really lowered costs? The only way to improve health outcomes and lower costs is to help the individual be accountable for their health. That means reform in transparency. Estimates of benefits, or EOBs, and patient records should be the property of the individuali.e. like personal wills, and contractual agreementsso they understand what is really going on in regard to their health. Price and care alternatives need to be comparable. The system has not been consumer-driven for many decades. Only with the power of consumerism can costs be brought under control in a meaningful manner.
Deb MatzAppleton, Wis.
Comment on todays news or other matters. Submit your comments to the Daily Dialogue at [email protected]. Submissions must include name, title, affiliation, city and state. Modern Healthcare reserves the right to edit all submissions.