Does the GOP Have a Health Plan? John C. Goodman is president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis. This, his Health Policy Blog was filed in Health Alerts on March 28, 2011 with 27 comments See also his categories of discussions: Physicians, Health Care Costs, Health Care Quality
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A handshake that made healthcare history" was recently published describing the 'business of medicine,' which I must contrast with 'medical business' as it is the sticky point in this series. It appears that Partners HealthCare, Massachusetts' largest hospital company "made a business deal such that no other insurer would pay less than Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts." This gave their doctors and hospitals a lot of insurance money that had nothing to do with work or effort.
Many of the private health insurance plans for older Americans are siphoning off the top of Medicare's already overstretched budget. Whatever happened to community-based risk sharing?
Guadalupe Benitez, after receiving fertility drugs for 11 months at the only clinic to provide infertility treatment under her insurance plan, was denied insemination. She's a lesbian and her doctor wanted to pick and choose. … . the need of one individual is not a moral claim on the resources of another. Those who can't afford to pay for their own health care should rely on private charity, not on government compulsion
Are Doctors Underpaid when they don't participate in a health plan? Believe it so. "Medicare Advantage (Managed Care) Plans try to take advantage of physicians who are not participating (non par) with them. For example, when a patient perceives they are in urgent need of medical attention and they are either out of area or there's a dearth of appropriate practitioners available in network, the caring doc does the work and gets paid less than reasonable or expected." Three Steps to Cure....