As a physician, I would like to comment on the patient aspect of this recent court decision that has the local hospital executives so excited. This massive tax program, which is the largest expansion of the federal government since FDR's New Deal, is applauded by local hospital CEOs but is bad for patients and America.
Hospitals have placed themselves in a situation that they must serve the federal government to receive payment. In return, they are to provide compliance and more recently, patient records via electronic medical record programs (approved by the AMA) despite no proven data that electronic records improve care. By the way, the AMA also applauded and supported the court decision and this may be why the AMA membership is now less than 20% of American doctors.
healthcare reform will involve patient-centered exchanges that include patients controlling their healthcare dollars in health savings accounts and the ability to purchase insurance across state lines. Of course I am sure that people who applaud this ruling already know that those free-market choices are prohibited by this law.
Physicians and patients need to work together for free-market choices that are patient-centered solutions. If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it is free and the government and its minions are the only choice.
Michael E. Klein, M.D.