With healthcare reform no longer proceeding through the senate at MachII, we need to make the reforms necessary for sustainable solutions in healthcare. We don’t need change, we need solutions.
First, we need to restore the patient/physician relationship. Without that, we won’t have effective, sustainable reform. Studies show that quality and value of care increases when this occurs. This relationship also significantly impacts tort reform.
Doctors, not a third party, need to define the medical product, and its price. When prices and parameters of care are set by a third party, the physician and patient answer to that third party.
Transparency in pricing, and discussion of treatment options are needed. The smoke and mirrors of medical pricing increases administrative costs, and complicates choices for the patient. These principles empower patients to become partners in cost control, and increase competition, driving down costs.
The principles of insurance need to be restored to healthplans. Insurance is meant to cover unexpected costs, not anticipated expenses.
Effective Tort reform is necessary to reduce defensive medicine and malpractice insurance costs.