“A Primer on Health Care Reform” Now Available on DrScore.com
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The U.S. health care system is broken with spiraling costs, according to Steve Feldman, founder of the physician rating Web site DrScore.com and a practicing physician. In a new white paper “A Primer on Health Care Reform,” Dr. Feldman debunks common health care reform myths and offers several solutions to spiraling costs.
“U.S. doctors are capable of extraordinary technological feats,” Dr. Feldman says. “However, there are still problems, and, even with health care reform, costs continue to spiral out of control.”
In his white paper, Dr. Feldman debunks common myths surrounding insurers, drug companies and lawyers:
Dr. Feldman attributes the spiraling cost of health care to the nation’s third-party payer system whereby consumers do not pay for health care services and medications directly. “When insurers pay the bill, we are insulated from the cost,” he says. “When buyers and sellers interact directly, most buyers are careful to purchase products and services they value and don’t waste money on things that provide little benefit to them. Solving the problem of ever-increasing costs has to first address the basic principle that someone has to say ‘no’ to high prices and have the incentive to pick the less expensive option.”
In the white paper, Dr. Feldman makes several suggestions to create greater price sensitivity and rein in spiraling costs, including:
Founded by Steve Feldman, M.D., DrScore.com is an interactive online survey site where patients can rate their physicians, as well as find a physician based on their service level preference. DrScore’s mission is to improve medical care by giving patients a forum for rating their physicians, and by giving doctors an affordable, objective, non-intrusive means of documenting the quality of care that they provide.
Steve Feldman, M.D. is Professor of Dermatology, Pathology & Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is a frequent lecturer and the author of two recent books, Great Medical Care and Compartments: How the Brightest, Best Trained, and Most Caring People Can Make Judgments That are Completely and Utterly Wrong. Check in with Dr. Feldman weekdays as he hosts the “Getting Better Health Care” radio program and on his blog.
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