"Big Medicine: The Cost Of Corporate Control And How Doctors And Patients Working Together Can Rebuild A Better System" (
"Big Medicine: The Cost Of Corporate Control And How Doctors And Patients Working Together Can Rebuild A Better System"
The book offers a unique perspective from a practicing physician who gives an inside view on how and why the healthcare system became broken and discusses solutions on how to fix it.
"There is no question among doctors that limiting healthcare access will become the future. Adding 30 million more people enrolled in government-paid
In "Big Medicine"
• Not enough doctors to deliver care.
• Not enough hospitals to care for the 30 million more people who allegedly will access the system.
• Mandates which lock individuals into a system that strips away their choice while making them pay for the privilege.
• Bureaucratic panels which micro-manage the entire healthcare system while establishing a plethora of regulations that demand compliance in the face of penalties for those who dare to buck the system, or who make mistakes
• Penalties for those who dare to buck the system, or who make mistakes.
• Prohibitive costs, finally admitted to, that are the outgrowth of the oversight needed to police this draconian system. "An unintended consequence of the Affordable Care Act is the sacrifice of the doctor patient relationship enshrined in the Hippocratic Oath. The pressure for doctors to practice medicine driven by government mandated cost control measures will ultimately affect an individual's right to determine the course of their own healthcare," Writes Dr. George. "Those physicians that choose to practice individualized care in consultation with their patients and refuse to succumb to interoperable EMR's will be fined for not being "meaningful users of the system over time." The threat of fines, penalties, and possible confinement has many severe effects on physicians and patients. Forced to conform to federal edicts, the physician will no longer be able to practice medicine as he or she believes is in the best interest of the patient". In Chapter 12,
• Change the tax code to allow private physicians to write off bad debt.. Allow physicians to write off delinquent patient bills as bad debt.
• Change medical malpractice laws through tort reform.
• Allow Medicare and
• Require insurance companies to honor the pre-certification process require that if an insurance company pre-certifies (approves) a procedure then they have to pay for it. They cannot deny it after the fact and leave the patient on the hook for paying the bill.
• Refuse to mandate, as a matter of licensure, that physicians must accept
• Reform EMTLA (the emergency medical treatment and labor act)
• Reform medical insurance so that funds paid for medical expenses that did not reach the deductible amounts would rollover to the next year so that they could be used as a credit that would limit out-of-pocket expenses for patients.
• Offer physicians a credit for their yearly malpractice premiums in exchange for caring for indigent patients
• Physicians move to an insurance free model. eg, Direct pay model, offering sliding scale, subscription based models, barter
• Physicians and patients use medical cost sharing (a non insurance model allowed under the Affordable Care Act - (e.g. Libertyoncall.org)
• Add supplemental policies such as
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