A New Market Is Rising | Robert Nelson, MD | LinkedIn

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I maintain that the same old stakeholders have been controlling things for too long, giving us a system looks like it was brokered by Bernie Madoff; full of cost-shifting, complex contracts, reimbursement codes and formula, tax-favored treatment of businesses over individuals, perpetual premium increases and a general lack of price transparency.

Meanwhile, we continue to go round and round in partisan debate: Is healthcare a right or a commodity? Single payer vs insurance model; block grants vs federal control of Medicaid… and the list to argue about is nearly endless. But that list has been predetermined by self-appointed policy experts and politicians who forced these talking points into the public debate, designed to polarize us and make us choose sides while nothing gets done to solve the problem. So what about options that are not on the approved debate list? Maybe we should examine them closer.

I think we have firmly established that more of the same, which includes the colossal tax-payer subsidization of the third-party payer industry referred to as ObamaCare, is not the solution. And let’s agree that the solution(s) doesn’t necessarily have to line up perfectly with all our preconceived ideas or philosophies of healthcare. It just has to work.

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