Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Focus numero uno


Quote of the day:
Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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In my last post I began to ask where do we focus? Can we reform the entire health system at once?

I was not quite sure where to go from there, but in the  process of researching for today's article I came across an email from Greg Scandlen, who is affiliated with the Heartland Institute and Consumers for Health Care  Choices.

Patrick Rooney

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who is credited with the original idea of medical savings accounts (renamed health saving accounts), recently passed away, but was given a "lifetime achievement award" for his dedication to improving the lot of the disadvantaged.  Here is the program from that award ceremony.

Patrick Rooney Award

Mr. Rooney's bottom line was that he does not want to see health insurers and hospitals 'screwing the consumer'.  Sounds good to me....now how about the physicians???

From my perspective we should all realize our patients are on our side and we must remain their advocates and not allow intermediaries, nor government to divide us in giving and receiving health care.

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