In this week's HND piece, we hear from Matthew Mintz, MD, who's not afraid to speak his mind on what's wrong with the American "health care" system. Here's one great pull quote:
The system is set up in such a way that there is no incentive for doing the right thing, but all the incentives for doing the wrong thing. Is it any wonder that we have poor quality and high cost?
Mintz agrees with me that until we change to a true health care system, rather than our current disease care model, there is simply no reform that will actually solve the problems, because there is probably not enough money in the entire world to fund such a scheme.
Mintz identifies the three main contributors to out-of-control-costs (overuse of technology, malpractice litigation, and squelching of primary care). Tied in with that is our country's fixation on the perverse notion that cognitive medicine is somehow not as worthwhile as procedural medicine.
Indeed, at long last, some primary care docs are suing the Feds to at least fix that portion of the mess.
Read the complete article.