Real Health Care Reform-Part 4: The Providers

    The third actor in health care reform is the provider- mainly hospitals and physicians. During the 1990s, there was a general shift towards chain hospitals through mergers and acquisitions. Citing economy of scale, they were permitted unabated. Unfortunately, this tipped the balance towards hospitals in terms of bargaining power with insurers, especially HMOs which saw a decline in popularity after the 1990s. By nature, chain | Read More »

    IBD survey of 1,376 Physicians, plus Baucus bombshell

    Will America ever get the real facts? How representative is the AMA of physicians as a whole? IBD article reported that AMA only represents 18% of physicians. A shockingly low number if you ask me. IBD did a recent survey and the revelations are quite shocking: Two-thirds, or 65%, of doctors say they oppose the proposed government expansion plan. This contradicts the administration’s claims that | Read More »