Here&amp;amp;#039;s how to control healthcare costs
If you want to know what is driving up the cost of healthcare in this country, you must read “The Cost Conundrum”
by Atul Gawande in this week’s issue of The New Yorker magazine.
It’s fascinating, and makes a very strong case that doctors are the problem. As soon as a doctor starts thinking of himself as a businessman first and medical professional second, all hell breaks lose. He begins ordering tests and procedures that are often unnecessary. He’s starts up clinics and other ventures that drive utilization. He requires an exorbitant monthly fee to serve as a health care agency's medical director. The list goes on. Something has to change, and we can only hope that healthcare reform tackles this problem.
I’m all for controlling fraud and abuse, but after you read this story, all the emphasis CMS puts on HME fraud and abuse and oxygen reimbursement seems absurd. If they want to get to the root of out-of-control healthcare spending, they’ve got to take on the docs. These guys are not sacred cows and need to be reined in for the good of the country.
— Mike Moran