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Harvard Medical School faults health care plan

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In an article in the Wall Street Journal, the dean of Harvard Medical School finds the health care plan lacking.

… there are no provisions to substantively control the growth of costs or raise the quality of care. So the overall effort will fail to qualify as reform.

…the final legislation that will emerge from Congress will markedly accelerate national health-care spending rather than restrain it.

Is he the only person who remembers Massachusetts?

Here, insurance mandates similar to those proposed in the federal legislation succeeded in expanding coverage but—despite initial predictions—increased total spending.

… newly created organizations of physicians and other health-care providers will be given limited dollars per patient for all of their care, allowing for shared savings if spending is below the targets.

I don’t think Dr. Flier was one of the white coats in the Rose Garden.

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November 23, 2009 at 1:52 pm

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  1. They didn’t bring their own white coats; BO provided them!

    Flier’s comments are – unsurprisingly – instructive.

    newly created organizations of physicians and other health-care providers will be given limited dollars per patient for all of their care, allowing for shared savings if spending is below the targets.

    And therein lies the rub: shared savings will never occur, as spending will never fall below targets.

    Government “plans” for a 7-9% increase in funding each year; if they have to settle for, say, 5%, they label it a “cut”. Government-run health insurance would be no different.

    Max

    November 24, 2009 at 8:11 pm


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