With all the talk about preventive care and coordination of care during the current health reform efforts, you would think that this would have been one of the primary measures in the recent legislation. You’d be wrong.
Many liberals have a knee-jerk reaction conniption fit when asked about concierge medicine: “Only the rich will be able to afford concierge care” and the end result will be that “fewer doctors will see fewer patients”.
How can patients and primary care providers escape from a system that is way underfunded and way overloaded? It requires a paradigm shift in the way we reimburse primary care physicians. Hint. Gym memberships are way ahead of the curve here.
So why aren’t the Federal government or health insurance companies rushing to compensate and reward physicians who start using electronic medical records systems with e-prescribing ability?
Sending prescriptions electronically direct to the pharmacy has been proven to reduce errors from 42% to 6.6%! You would think that the Federal government would be rushing to massively fund such an initiative. But, you’d be wrong.
Trial lawyers and Democrats already know what happens to the practice patterns of physicians when their malpractice liability goes up. That’s why Washington has all but ignored national medical malpractice reform lately.