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.