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The Truth About Accessing Good Medical Care
The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has not turned out as advertised. It neither protects patients nor makes insurance affordable. The 2010 lie of the year, “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” has become a sick joke.
There was a time when patients sought medical care from a physician, not a “healthcare system.” Now we have the costs of hospitalization, which have risen faster and higher than any other service over the last ten years. Understandably, some of these costs are due to rapid advancements in technology. However, such high costs are part of the third-party payer system where the person receiving the service is not the one paying for it. This financial disconnect has allowed prices to escalate. It has also put a middleman between patients and their physicians.
Various rules many times tie the hands of physicians who are trying to provide the best medical care. The complexity and the opacity of “the system” keep patients in the dark about ways to lower their costs and good quality medical care.
It seems as though “he who holds the purse strings” — not your physician — is in charge of your medical care. It’s time to put an end to this system. My guest, David Balat from Free2Care, will share his ideas on how to make medical care more accessible and more affordable while maintaining high quality.
David Balat is the Director of the Right on Healthcare Initiative with the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He has a broad base of experience throughout the healthcare spectrum with special expertise in healthcare finance. He is a hospital industry expert with more than 20 years of healthcare industry leadership and executive management experience. David, a former Congressional candidate, uses his unique perspective to counsel members of the U.S. Congress and the State of Texas House of Representatives as their healthcare advisor. He is a published op-ed columnist and an active speaker and commentator on matters of health policy.
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