Yesterday, (June 14, 2012) there was a Senate Hearing on ‘Medicare Physician Payment Policy’. If you had any notion that health care reform was about providing medical care, then you need to watch this hearing.
If you think you’ll need to see a doctor anytime before the grim reaper pays you a visit, you need to watch this hearing.
If there is anybody that you love who must access the health care system on a regular basis, then you need to watch this hearing.
Medicare Physician Payment Policy
June 14, 2012
Program ID: 306594-1
Category: Senate Committee
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/306594-1 link to video on cspan site
The business of health care is no longer about physician and patient. The business of health care is about Information Technology and Systems Management of the practice of medicine.
In this hearing, you’ll hear words like accountability, improving quality and outcomes, pay for performance. If you have paid attention to the education system reform, you’ll remember hearing the same words. What we see with education system reform, we can anticipate with health care system reform.
Simply stated, the Information Technology and Systems business is taking over management of the world. Barriers between government and the private sector, barriers between you and the businesses, institutions and government agencies that you interact with, barriers between our government and foreign governments are being eliminated. You and your assets are simply entities in the collective (database) that are being aggregated for management.
When you watch this hearing, you should understand that the money that was being spent on doctors and hospitals will be spent on information technology and systems. There will not be any savings (again refer to education system) – there will only be transfers of the money spent on doctors to the IT Technologists. Actual medical care will decrease because it is the target for cost reductions. Qualified medical doctors will be replaced with 2nd tier – and in the future, 3rd tier providers aided by a computer support system (like the people you call for tech support to fix your computer). Profit growth for the IT Systems people will depend on reducing costs in the actual health care business. Regardless of the marketing trigger words used by the IT marketing who sell the idea of higher quality, it won’t happen. Quality will decrease and cost will increase because IT systems are a profit-seeking business unto themselves.