WWOD: What would Obama do? Big question, no answers. The American Medical Association wasted another opportunity to focus attention on the real problems.
The AMA is trying to tango instead of seriously explaining why publicly funded healthcare for all will not even begin to work without abolition of malpractice and institution of a no-fault system similar to auto insurance systems. Doctors are not criminals who like to experiment on people. In the course of managing complex or even simple medical problems, the outcomes may be different than what is expected by the patient. We do not need John Edwards to help here. We need common-sense laws that would prevent the filing of a lawsuit in the first place. It is not possible to estimate the cost of defensive medical practice.
Insurance companies must compete. If they dont want to compete they need to go home. The current restrictions on where an insured person can obtain care, state restrictions, etc., make no sense. All Blues need to come together and form a portable insurance system. This is where HIPAA needs to be applied, not for screwing someone who left a message on a patients home phone.
If you expect price transparency from doctors, we expect complete price transparency from the pharma, health insurance industry and hospitals, too. This is what is called leveling the playing field. In a free market no one should be protected from competition.
Protecting pharma against competitive bidding just because they contribute to politicians kitty is antitrust in its purest form.
Obama is a lawyer with a Harvard law degree to boot. He should understand this stuff. Why not make it plain and simple?
Narayanachar S. Murali, M.D.Gastroenterology Associates of Orangeburg, S.C.
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