Savage joined Health Care News Managing Editor Michael Hamilton on today’s HCN Podcast to explain how direct primary care providers can afford to offer top-flight care for low- and middle-income patients … without insurance. Savage also distinguished direct primary care from a model with which it is often confused: the uber-expensive “concierge medicine.”
Meet a pediatrician who voluntarily surrendered her board certification in order to protest extortion of physicians by the American Board of Medical Specialties, provide better care for her patients, and influence lawmakers to act.
Big Healthcare is no exception, and it is important to understand just what healthcare is. The trillions of dollars of revenue sucked in by Big Healthcare are not just for medical care. “Healthcare” is mainly concerned with collecting and distributing the money. Perhaps half of the money gushing through the system pays nurses, doctors, orderlies, receptionists, or therapists, or buys medications, oxygen concentrators, wheelchairs, bandages, or x-ray machines. The rest is diverted to something else. It’s hard to figure out just how much because insurers may, in calculating the “medical loss ratio,” call a lot of things “healthcare” that you might call “administration.”
One thing at which the Left is very good is naming things – so as to hide and obfuscate what these things actually do. Because if they admitted what these things actually do – they would poll…well, right where Congress is polling.
Much of the federal government’s communications core management and operations hasn’t changed since the General Services Administration created the Federal Telecommunications Service in 1960.
USA Today asked me to write a counterpoint to their editorial calling for the abolition of Fee-For-Service payment in health care. Their editorial is here, and my counter is here.
Unfortunately, USA Today did not show me the article I was responding to. Now that I have read it, I want to make a few other observations.