This is another in a series of question-and-answer columns, written by local medical experts, about health care reform. When Congress returns from its summer recess, it is expected to take up a reform package.
How would you control health care costs?
Providing insurance without addressing underlying payment issues will create significant unintended consequences - for example, restricted access for Medicare patients and early bankruptcy of the program. Across-the-board payment cuts have not improved health care quality or reduced cost in the past; we must identify novel approaches to accomplish this goal…Mayo Clinic believes that health care urgently needs reform to ensure access to quality, affordable patient care. Each major stakeholder - doctors/hospitals, patients, payers and the government - plays a key role in reform…
Florida Times Union, by Dr. William Rupp of Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, 09/08/09