From the CBO (via AP via MedGadget):
Some policies, such as the increased use of preventive services and the coordination of care, would have clearer positive effects on health than on the federal budget balance.
Prevention: do it because it’s the right thing to do for people. The conclusion that it will save drastic dollars in health spending seems to be faulty, in the least. Give back the AHRQ its power to conduct effectiveness research and publish guidelines (by the way, the effectiveness of back–pun fully intended–surgery is still questionable). Read that last link, it’s delightfully insightful.
What health system does this describe?
One-stop shopping. Fully integrated hospital medical staff. Immediate access. No technology or quality gap. Competitive prices. A focus on service.
Not ours according to Dr. Josef Fischer. He is decidedly on point:
Unless physicians, surgeons, hospital administrators and health insurers get together to control costs, I fear that the health-care industry in the United States will rapidly continue down the same path as our indigenous manufacturing industries. If we do not take this issue seriously, if we keep repeating the old, inaccurate mantras about the lack of quality medical care abroad, we will lose our competitive advantage. Not only will fewer foreign patients come here for medical treatment, more of us will go elsewhere.