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Healthcare Politics - Tis the season

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September 03, 2008 – Comments (2)

I'd like to spend a bit of time this month and perhaps longer in this blog on healthcare policy and what the future might look like.  This won't be a soapbox of my own opinions, but often links and some added commentary.

So...have you got an hour to think about this stuff?

If so, please do listen to this recent round table discussion linked via The New England Journal of Medicine.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/359/8/777   (click view video)

The agenda is:

-- The Challenge of American Health

-- Payment of Physicians

-- Electronic Health Information

-- Drug Costs and Rationing

-- Universal Access - Why?

-- Universal Access - How? 

At the end it covers the difference in the plans of the two major political parties.  More on this later, but appreciate that these 'plans' are mostly platforms and not likely to be what the future will actually look like.   I appreciate that this isn't the only or perhaps even the major issue of the next election -- but it is certainly a major one and worthy of your attention (and informed opinion).

Please do listen. It's important in my opinion. 

And it could well affect some of your investment decisions.

TMFHelical

 

2 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On September 03, 2008 at 10:42 PM, lquadland10 (< 20) wrote:

It was so much better when it was non profit. Once it was opened to big business it became a night mare. Not to mention the fact that the cost of fraud to Medicare is 1/3 of the yearly budget to the gov. Add in the cost of inflation because of the week dollar then it becomes a chain saw massacre nightmare. Add in 10 to 20 million non American workers who get it for free.

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#2) On September 05, 2008 at 9:10 PM, Tastylunch (29.26) wrote:

I anxiously await the next post in this series. That video was very interesting but for the non medical professional left things perhaps too vague. I suppose there may not be a truly slam dunk answer....

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