A single bundled health-care bill based on quality measures is one size fits all measure. This isn't the solution.
Dr. Paula Muto, CEO and Founder of UBERDOC, weighs in against Economist, Jason Furman, in his WSJ article, "A Health-Care Fix That Works".
"I’ve been a practicing physician for 36 years. I ask Mr. Furman, an economist, how many patients has he treated? How can he have any clue what it’s like to care for people?
The answer to the health-care crisis is simple: a direct-pay cash system and health savings accounts with catastrophic coverage. HSAs put the purchasing power back with the patient. When physicians are freed from the third-party system and are paid directly by the patient, they will no longer need the staff for billing, coding, electronic medical records, compliance, reimbursements and audits. Their overhead will plummet, resulting in lower fees for the patients as they compete for their cash business.
Currently, the patient who pays a set fee for coverage wants his money’s worth so will seek any test or procedure that might be beneficial. The doctor, looking to satisfy the patient and not get sued, will be happy to order the scan or procedure even if he thinks it isn’t worth it. Heaven forbid a doctor could miss something. With a cash system, the physician will be aligned with the patient’s interest and decide with the patient what’s the best and cost-effective way to proceed. It’s been down hill since government and third-party intrusion. More of the same isn’t the answer."
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