Friday, April 18, 2008

The Breaking Point?

There is lots going on in the world of health care lately and I wonder if we've reached the breaking point. We saw stories just this past week on insurance companies refusing to pay for hospital mistakes, on-line health records not having to comply with HIPPA laws, problems with access to health care and the primary care physician shortage, a move towards concierge medical practices (where physicians reject insurance companies and patients essentially pay a retainer to be a part of that practice), and finally, drug companies using ghost writers to make their studies appear better than what they actually are.

Even more troubling is the lack of solutions to address all of the above. I constantly ask myself, when will this get better and what is it going to take? This a time when we need our elected leaders to take "ownership" of these issues and for some out-of-the-box solutions from the private sector. The status quo is no longer a viable option.

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