The present state of health care in this country to an increasing extent involves strangers caring for strangers, with patients' narratives and life stories no longer a key element guiding decisions about their own health care.
This is the last of my five posts on the PPACA wherein I will analyze whether the legislation delivers enough to be worth the $1 trillion investment over the next 10 years and whether it will really work.
In our last three posts, we examined how the PPACA stacks up against the goals of reform for cost containment, affordability and access to care. Here we consider what its likely impact will be on the quality of care.
Republicans have fought against Medicare from the very beginning. But in their strategy to kill health care reform, they are all of a sudden sounding like defenders of Medicare against the evils of big government.
Likely rewards to the hospital industry from health care reform? If events continue in direction they are now, hospitals will thrive, with more insured people and generous accommodations from government.