Posts Tagged ‘Health Care Reform’

World’s Best Healthcare?

August 14, 2007

In the Sunday NY Times, a major editorial on the current sorry state of healthcare in the US was sparked both by Sicko and by a report from the World Health Organization. It covers the usual complaints we have all heard before: insurance coverage, access, fairness, healthy lives, quality, life and death, patient satisfaction. Use of information technology is noted also as lagging other developed countries with lack of coordination of care.

In my mind this is as much an insurance issue as a technology issue – silos of information by for-profit insurance companies which will not be shared to coordinate care. Single payor makes sense but will be a tough sell without more lobbying reform as well.

I am glad that at least one editorial page is bringing this forward.

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