The Truth About Accessing Good Medical Care

by | Jun 15, 2022 |

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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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Dr. Marilyn M. Singleton

Dr. Singleton is a board-certified anesthesiologist and past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. She graduated from Stanford and earned her MD at UCSF Medical School. Dr. Singleton completed 2 years of Surgery residency at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center, and her Anesthesia residency at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital. She was on the faculty at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, before returning to California for private practice. While still working in the operating room, she attended UC Berkeley Law School, focusing on constitutional and administrative law. She interned at the National Health Law Project, and practiced insurance and health law.

Dr. Singleton has published numerous articles, given presentations on health policy, and had many radio and television appearances, and a monthly radio show, Health Freedom Now. She started a blood pressure screening clinic at her church and make-shift clinics in two rural villages in El Salvador. Dr. Singleton ran for Congress in 2012 with a message of personal freedom and limited government.

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