Raymond J. Zastrow
QuadMed President

Raymond J. Zastrow

Raymond J. Zastrow, M.D. is the president of QuadMed, which helps companies develop on-site health care for its employees.

Archive: Raymond J. Zastrow


As a Family Physician I feel that the bill offers some important validation for the critical role of Primary Care in the health care delivery system of the future.

By Raymond J. Zastrow | April 1, 2010; 12:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Keep employers in the driver's seat

Why do I want to see employers retain responsibility for providing health-care? Because employers -- not government -- will drive accountability, innovation and value in ways that government simply will not.

By Raymond J. Zastrow | November 16, 2009; 11:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leveraging Health

I hope that in Congress' haste to pass something, they not lose sight of the true goal of health-care reform: aligning the incentives of all the actors in the health-care drama such that our ultimate outcome - a healthy U.S. population - emerges above the entrenched interests of those who would wish to see us remain mired in the sale of units of health-care delivery.

By Raymond J. Zastrow | October 1, 2009; 10:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Back To School

I truly wish I could get behind the House of Representatives on HR 3200, but they missed the mark, and by a wide margin. So now summer vacation is over and it's time to get back to work -- for me as well as congress.

By Raymond J. Zastrow | September 2, 2009; 05:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Good Daughter Syndrome

I am a family physician with substantial experience in geriatric medical practice; I have always tried to be an advocate for my elderly patients. I wish to focus my comments on the issue that seems to have hijacked the reform debate from the senior perspective: advanced directives and end-of-life care.

By Raymond J. Zastrow | August 14, 2009; 06:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Public Option: The House Always Wins

The concept of the "public option" ought to be modified to mean enhanced public oversight of the existing insurance industry -- not a new Trojan Horse that will lead, inevitably, to a stifling, bureaucratic, single-source insurer.

By Raymond J. Zastrow | August 5, 2009; 12:41 AM ET | Comments (4)

Patience Is A Virtue

A full 190 days ago, when President Obama entered office, the time from the Inauguration until the August congressional recess seemed more than adequate to come up with sweeping health-care reform legislation, especially with a democrat-controlled Congress at the helm....

By Raymond J. Zastrow | July 28, 2009; 01:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

One Small Step/One Giant Leap

If we focus on these few, small steps, I believe that we can truly achieve the giant leaps in health-care transformation we need to remain competitive in the global economy. Like the Apollo program, it's worth taking our time to get it done right the first time around.

By Raymond J. Zastrow | July 20, 2009; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Where's My Safe Driver Discount?

Here's what we ought to do: mandate individual coverage and verify it via the tax roster. For individuals living in poverty, coverage would be government purchased.

By Raymond J. Zastrow | July 17, 2009; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Death and Taxes...or Taxed to Death?

$550 billion is only expected to cover about half of the cost of health-care reform. Which begs the real question: why would we be willing to add $1 trillion to the already over-bloated cost of buying health care in this country? We need to think in terms of health-care reform as distinct, but inseparable from, health-care transformation.

By Raymond J. Zastrow | July 13, 2009; 05:34 PM ET | Comments (3)

The View from the Lake

Whatever flaws inherent in the U.S. non-system of health-care, we continue to do a terrific job of innovating, especially in the area of clinical technology.

By Raymond J. Zastrow | July 3, 2009; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Great Drug Rebate

And a healthy dose of optimism, whether or not it comes naturally, will be essential for the health-care reform process to bring forth an end state that truly delivers on the promise of a healthy and productive populace at a cost we can afford to bear.

By Raymond J. Zastrow | June 22, 2009; 03:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Benefit of the Doubt

The President spent much energy driving home the argument for a public insurance option and reassurances that such an option was not a single-payer "Trojan Horse." He is asking for the benefit of the doubt.

By Raymond J. Zastrow | June 16, 2009; 04:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Beyond the Cottage Industry

Congress' top priority for health-care reform should be to promote primary care, prevention and wellness.

By Raymond J. Zastrow | June 5, 2009; 02:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

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