A slower growth of health care cost would mean less burden on the individual family, freeing that family to invest in and live a higher quality of life. And for communities it would free billions of dollars for education, businesses, job creation, and future innovation.
With open enrollment just two-and-a-half months away, plenty of work must still be done to educate New Yorkers about the Health Benefit Exchange and ensure that as many people as possible -- more than 1 million New Yorkers -- gain health care coverage.
When a health plan, especially with its own delivery system, as Kaiser has, carries the responsibility for a population of people, working or poor, young or old, healthy or sick, they can't pick and choose.
Those of us in favor of universal access to care argue that health care is not a commodity. Those who can't afford health care are priced out of it, and health care is no longer a public good, like public education and clean water.
Yes, government also has a vital role to manage the economy in a broad context; but it oversteps when it risks disrupting America's progress towards higher quality medicine and the improved health of the American people.
A properly ordered and acquired imaging examination, with an accurate radiologist's interpretation combined with collaboration between the referring clinician's input regarding the history and physical examination, constitutes optimal patient care.
If the cost of commodities had gone up at the same rate as health care since 1945, a dozen eggs would cost $55, a gallon of milk would be $40 and a dozen oranges would cost $134, according to the Institute of Medicine.
I don't know what choice I would personally make if I had this genetic predisposition. I can see both decisions as valid. I do however, have some questions about if I, as a non-celebrity, would have the same options Angelina Jolie and Melissa Etheridge had.
On my 80th birthday I am going to put on a metal wrist band etched with the following words, "Medical Alert -- Do not intubate, ventilate or resuscitate," with a website linked to copies of my living will. Don't waste money on me to keep me alive past my due date.
Until we face the music and change the current model to one that actually makes people pay more for reckless health behavior themselves rather than making others pay for them one they have to pay the piper, it is unclear to this writer that things will fundamentally turn around.
If we're truly concerned about the costs taxpayers will bear in the future for Medicare, here's something to keep in mind. The highest rates of obesity are found among members of the baby boom generation.
Tens of thousands of premature babies were at great risk of acquiring a potentially deadly disease, all because of the actions of a committee of doctors who appeared motivated more by cost than by medicine.