Last year, Ann Mathews wrote a brilliant piece in the Wall Street Journal about the future of medical care in the United States. It is an extremely informative study and provides the reader with a very fine 50,000-foot view of the current condition of its subject. What she did not mention, or truly highlight, is the threatening trend that is taking place with ever increasing rapidity, of hospital conglomerates, ...

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shutterstock_37756744 For centuries, hospitals have served as a cornerstone of the U.S. health care system. During various touch points in life, Americans connect with a hospital during their most intimate and extraordinary circumstances. Most Americans are born in hospitals. Hospitals provide care after serious injuries and during episodes of severe sickness or disease. Hospitals are predominately where our loved ones go to ...

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Ever been put on hold when calling your insurance carrier? Or had so little time with your physician that you could not discuss everything you thought was important? Our care is generally good in the United States but not as good as it could be nor as good as it should be. There are multiple problems to consider. First, ours is a medical care system not a health care system. It is ...

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A guest column by the American Medical Association, exclusive to KevinMD.com. It will come as no surprise to many of you that it can take a very long time to get things accomplished in Washington, D.C. However, a recent policy change from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that when physicians join together for a common cause we can ...

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The New Yorker's Dr. Atul Gawande outlined how, at the turn of the 20th century, more than forty per cent of household income went to paying for food and food production consumed nearly half the workforce. Beginning in Texas, a wide array of new methods of food production were piloted. Today, food accounts for 8% of household budgets and 2% of the workforce. As a wide array of small innovations ...

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There has never been a more hectic time to be in the business of healthcare. Healthcare reform has brought many players to the table. And the “game” is bound to have winners and losers. This game is analogous to the board game Monopoly — a number of health care companies are buying up property (i.e., hospital and smaller providers) to position themselves as winners in the new shared savings payment ...

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Just when American healthcare system seems so dysfunctional that it seems impossible to imagine how it could be screwed up further, a decision is made that restores one’s faith in the creativity of Man.  But before you run out of guesses as to which particular decision we’re talking about today, we’ll just blurt it out.  We are referring to a recent decision by Washington State Medicaid to deny payment for ...

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For some 30 years now, I have been tracking the work of a gifted "futurist" -- one Clement Bezold, PhD. In this context, a futurist is a social scientist who specializes in making systematic predictions of the future of society, either in general or with respect to a particular segment. Dr. Bezold has done considerable thinking about the future of healthcare, much of which he has captured in his books ("The Future ...

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An excerpt from The Future of Health Care Delivery. We Americans like to pride ourselves on having the best health care system in the world, but unfortunately that is not the case. We have a medical (that is, sick) care system—a system that waits until we become ill before it kicks into action—instead of a health care system focused on helping us stay healthy. We give lip service to prevention and, ...

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As Americans we believe we have the best healthcare system in the world. But think again, it’s really not the truth. We do have superb medical schools, very well trained providers, superb science and technology but the delivery of medical care is just not what it should be. We spend more for healthcare than any other country does on a per capita basis. And yet when we compare ourselves to other ...

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