Howard Dean

Howard Dean

Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont, is a consultant to Democracy for America, the organization he founded after his 2004 presidential campaign.

Not much cost control

No, there isn't much cost control in the bill other than the public option. What is needed, perhaps next year, is significant financial incentives to create more vertically integrated providers like Kaiser and Geissinger.

Hospitals, insurance companies, tertiary and primary providers need to work off one balance sheet so investment in less expensive care pays off. This is essentially global budgeting in the private sector.

By Howard Dean  |  October 27, 2009; 10:37 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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There is nothing to constrain the obscene profits of the pharmaceutical companies. Why are we paying more for medicine than any other country? Eighteen percent of our GDP is wasted on health care, when other countries provide universal health care for less than 10 percent GDP.

Billions are wasted on Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Nursing homes charge over $100 a day. Hospitals charge over $1000 a day. Unnecessary tests and procedures are ordered by physicians everyday. Congress even lacks the courage to provide a public option. What a disappointment.

Posted by: alance | October 27, 2009 6:29 PM
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