Sometimes we here in the United States, me included, when dealing with all the problems we face with our healthcare system need to step back and understand why we are really here. In the end, it is about the patient, the person needing help.
If I had my druthers I would do nothing but work in Medicaid. After spending almost 20 years providing disease management services to Medicaid programs and running a Medicaid health plan, the joy of helping this population improve their health has always felt like the pinnacle of my work.
While much of what we have done and continue to do is laudable, there are many flaws with our healthcare system, we spend too much, get too little, and are constantly looking for new solutions to the unique problems the system we created, creates. It seems as if we harp on the negative, but is it really negative to harp on the waste, inefficiencies, fraud and abuse, to point out these wrongs in an effort to fix them?
Recently I received a copy of a letter written by Dr. Devi Shetty. He is a world-renowned heart surgeon, but more importantly he is a heart surgeon who says about healthcare:
“If the solution isn’t affordable, it’s not a solution,”