Friday, February 26, 2010

OOPs vs. OPM

from Carpe Diem:

From John Goodman's Health Policy blog:

Scaling the Summit

On failure to control costs.

You cannot control costs unless someone (patient, employer, insurance company, government — someone, somewhere) is forced to choose between health care and other uses of money. And if patients are the ones making choices, providers will respond by competing based on price.

He has a lot of other good things to say. Summarizing:

On the failure to improve quality. We will not fundamentally improve quality unless providers compete on quality and no one competes on quality unless he also competes on price.

On the failure to improve access. Genuine improvement in access to care will require liberating the demand and supply sides of the market in ways that were never discussed at the Summit.

Read the rest.

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