Talking with reporters yesterday, US Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt again called for private health plans and employers to develop scorecards to measure quality and price as a key means of controlling health care costs. That is, of course, meaning the costs that employers and government pays.
Meanwhile, the American Association of Health Plans thinks that enabling people to buy health insurance with pre-tax dollars will encourage all those uninsured out there to buy a policy. Sure – at $1,000 a month for a family IF you can be insured. And that is a big “if.”
PriceWaterhouse Coopers, the big accounting and consulting firms, claims that, on average, people spend 6% of income on health care. OK – $12,000 is 6% of……$200,000, And the median family income is….less than $50,000 a year? ARE THEY SERIOUS????
Universal heatlh financing
A choice of private plans, similar to the Medicare Part D
Government subsidies of insurance costs
Employers will be able to subsidize insurance cost on a tax-deductible basis
In short – blend what we have with what the rest of the western world does.
Action: Be prepared to document quality and cost – people will ask questions. Get aggressive about prevention. Get aggressive about customer service at all levels. And get efficient in your back offfice operations, leaving physicians time in the exam room.