In 1991 I attended a “managed care” seminar in NYC while working for my second medical device marketing company. I don’t recall much regarding the specifics, other the theme was dark and foreboding, with dire predictions of “crisis” and impending doom…sound familiar?
Speakers were mostly from the insurance industry, with a few health care “consultants” in between to stir up the crowd with stories from the field.
The takeaway, (other than all us sales reps hitting the town each night and exploring the “big apple”), was that the industry was changing quickly, like a virus spreading through the populous with no cure in sight.
Hospitals were forming alliances while insurance companies created something called, “HMO’S”. Patients would be herded into “managed groups” and forced to see only physicians that “participate” in specific plans.
Coverage was changing for patients, with reduced reimbursement for hospitals and physicians, while the trickle down began to seep into the corporate profits of the medical products manufacturers.
Now before you start demonizing the “rich fat cat” corporations or the health care providers, don’t forget to remind the “state media”, that setting the table for this money grab was the all mighty Federal government! That’s right folks, we aren’t on the verge of government take over and control of our health care system; they’ve been pulling the strings all along!
The current condition of our incredibly advanced health care system (guess where world leaders go if they get really sick, not Canada or England) is critical when it comes to cost and insurance because of three little letters. No, not greedy CEO’s or even AIG…but yet another good intention, liberal idea gone astray…DRG’s(Diagnosis-Related Groups)…
“The prospective payment system implemented as “DRG’s” had been designed to limit the share of hospital revenues derived from the Medicare program budget, and in spite of doubtful results in New Jersey, it was decided in 1983 to impose DRGs on hospitals nationwide.”-NJ DRG payment system; William Hiaso, Harvey M. Sapolsky
The history of “Health Care” reform has been an abysmal failure, as has almost every Federal program, from Social Security to “Stimulus” bills. If you’d like to get a glimpse of what a national health care system would look like, go to Canada and wait in line to see a doctor.
You have nothing without health, and I hope you are scared to death with what is currently being “sold” by those who have manipulated the system and continue to fail you; the American patient…
Politicians can try to put a shiny red coat on big programs if they dare, but I would suggest to check the history behind “ObamaCare”