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Healthcare Reform

Why is it taking so long to reform the U.S. healthcare system?

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  • AJudith Salerno, Gerontology, answered
    Salerno - TEDMED12

    After 40 years of working in the field of healthcare policy, Dr. Judy Salerno, executive officer of the Institute of Medicine, has a unique vantage point from which to view today's healthcare crisis. In this video, she explains why the system is faulty.


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  • AJoane Goodroe, Nursing, answered
    It is complicated. The healthcare system is controlled by many laws and systems of payment that do not allow changes to the payment systems of providers (hospitals, physicians, outpatient centers, etc.) with the payers (Medicare, Commercial Insurance Companies, etc.). In addition, each of the payers has a different way of paying the providers. Currently, the majority of care is paid based on what is done per patient. The reformed system may pay based on the management of total care for a population. However, it takes time to make this type of change. There is also consideration to move to evidence based care which would change many of the current treatments for patients. This is a big change that worries many people. Small steps in reform allow providers and payers to assure that patients are receiving the care they need. As new models are tested and demonstrate that they improve care and save money, we will see them implemented throughout the country. This will be a difficult journey but one that needs to occur to assure patients have access to the care they need.
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  • AAndrew Weil, Alternative/complementary Medicine, answered
    Dr. Andrew Weil - delay on reform

    Undoubtedly, the U.S. healthcare system is majorly flawed and needs reform, but how? In this video, Dr. Weil explains why he thinks our nation's healthcare system in its current state is broken beyond repair.


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