Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The Mayo Clinic, which has been held up by Obama as a model for providing quality health care, takes a shot at the Democrats' health care plan in its Health Policy Blog:
... the proposed legislation misses the opportunity to help create higher-quality, more affordable health care for patients. In fact, it will do the opposite.
In general, the proposals under discussion are not patient focused or results oriented.
Lawmakers have failed to use a fundamental lever – a change in Medicare payment policy – to help drive necessary improvements in American health care. Unless legislators create payment systems that pay for good patient results at reasonable costs, the promise of transformation in American health care will wither.
The real losers will be the citizens of the United States.