James Nennemann on Harkin Healthcare Reform Town Hall Today [Update]
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Dr. Larry Ozeran response:
I received your email too late to send anything before your meeting, but thought I would send you some comments from one California community's perspective in case you have another opportunity. I am personally a trauma / general surgeon involved in Health IT for 20+ years and healthcare reform for 10+years (http://www.DrOzeran.com/policy.php). Our YSHC consortium includes both health providers (all types) and economic / education / workforce organizations. This is our message:
Washington is again considering temporary healthcare reform, and at great cost. Negotiating to the center of the proverbial table which is tilted heavily in favor of health insurers to the detriment of patients, providers and employers, has not worked in the past to lower cost, improve care, or insure more Americans. "Cost containment" for its own sake, whether Medicare's SGR, "managed" care, capitation, or "Pay for Performance", has not worked to contain costs. By ignoring our fundamental health system problems, past "reform" efforts have caused the American healthcare system to be the most expensive system in the world even as it leaves 15% of our population without good care.
To get true health system reform we must:
1) Get everyone in our nation's capitol to agree with Albert Einstein on two key points:
* "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
* "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
2) Define the healthcare system that we want by identifying the principles necessary to make it effective and sustainable one actionable example: http://www.YubaSutterHealthcareCouncil.org
Please forward this message in the hopes that more Americans will seek to promote fundamental change to Congress and the White House.
Dr. Larry Ozeran
Chair, Yuba-Sutter Healthcare Council
June 23, 2009 in Cooperative Open-source Medical Banking Architecture and Technology | Permalink
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Hope that you include provisions to keep medicare under control, and also support the new pharmaceutical plan to reduce the amount that medicare people have to pay for prescription drugs when they go into the "hole". Now this costs about 6,000 for my wife and myself each year. (Thanks Senator Grassley)
Posted by: Robert Diller | Jun 23, 2009 1:15:25 PM
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