Health ‘reform’ gets a failing grade.

The dean of Harvard Medical School has some thoughts on pending healthcare reform:

In discussions with dozens of health-care leaders and economists, I find near unanimity of opinion that, whatever its shape, the final legislation that will emerge from Congress will markedly accelerate national health-care spending rather than restrain it. Likewise, nearly all agree that the legislation would do little or nothing to improve quality or change health-care’s dysfunctional delivery system. The system we have now promotes fragmented care and makes it more difficult than it should be to assess outcomes and patient satisfaction. The true costs of health care are disguised, competition based on price and quality are almost impossible, and patients lose their ability to be the ultimate judges of value.

Originally the healthcare legislation had laudable goals: cover uninsured Americans, lower healthcare costs, ensure that insurance companies do not deny coverage to the insured, and generally ensure that healthcare does not cause bankruptcy.

With 1990 pages of legislation and 111 new agencies, why have those goals still not been attained? Why doesn’t the legislation just address those very specific goals?

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2 thoughts on “Health ‘reform’ gets a failing grade.

  1. The American people aren’t ready to make medicine a non-profit business. We are too stubborn and want to make it about money.

  2. I’m ok with profit. Canadian healthcare is essentially non-profit and it is not better than US healthcare. In fact when you factor in wait times it is much worse with no choice.

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