Cut Out The Middleman

It appears that the chorus of people suggesting that we cut out the middleman in our physician-insurance-patient tripod (to mix metaphors) has grown even larger. I will continue to write about the concept here, of course, but see what the latest WSJ health blog has to say:

Most discussions about the rising cost of health care emphasize the need to get more people insured. The assumption seems to be that insurance – rather than the service delivered by doctor to patient – is the important commodity.

But perhaps the solution to much of what currently plagues us in health care – rising costs and bureaucracy, diminishing levels of service – rests on a radically different approach: fewer people insured.

read the rest by Jonathan Kellerman – yes, that Jonathan Kellerman, the one who writes the medical thrillers.  Apparently, he is a clinical professor of pediatrics and psychology at USC.  Who knew?  I’ll have to read one of his books next time I’m on a plane…like Wednesday!

For the record, I don’t know about fewer people being insured.  Perhaps it’s more people, but different (you know…indemnity) insurance.  To cover the things we can’t pay for.

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