by Dave Chase | Forbes | February 5, 2016
Healthcare Startups Hint At Radically Simplified Payment Models
Sovereign Solutions Editor’s Note:
This is quite simply…a remarkable article. DO read the featured article!
It is rare that I have little to add. But here is such an occasion since the author has done a masterful job. I will personally add to pay attention to the Rube Goldberg mention in the article.
Again, I simply emphasize that you read the featured article. From that article:
As much as consumers don’t like dealing with health insurance, that pales in comparison to doctors since they have to deal with it daily. In “The Story Behind Epidemic Doctor Burnout And Suicide Statistics,” insurance companies were cited as a primary factor driving burnout. If consumers don’t like them and healthcare providers don’t like them, one would assume that they would have at least slayed the healthcare cost beast or health outcomes had dramatically improved.
So the question then has to be do “we” as healthcare customers and other vested stakeholders in health see such a dramatic improvement? The author answers:
Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, either–despite selling lots of “disease management” and “wellness” programs there is little evidence these programs have made a meaningful dent in the explosion of chronic conditions.
WHY do we persist on BELIEVING in this byzantine third party payment healthcare system?
Doesn’t it ever occur that unless the fundamentals change, the general outcome being higher prices and less satisfaction and access do not as well?
Fortunately, there are gentlemen such as the author of the featured post that are helping to illuminate where successes are being had and what is wrong and what to avoid in healthcare. Do yourself a big favor and give it a read.