In “Health care reform: without a correct diagnosis, there is no cure”, Jeffrey Flier correctly diagnoses the fundamental causes of the symptoms of our systemic health care problems:
1. Poorly conceived tax advantages for employer funded medical care that distort the medical industry and the economy.
2. Over-regulation that prevents innovations in care and delivery of services.
3. Broken and out of control Medicare and Medicaid programs.
While he goes into detail on how to address each one of these problems, Flier’s fundamental prescription is: “Reducing rather than increasing the role of politics in health care decisions.”
Not surprisingly, with a proper diagnosis, the cure for fixing the medical system is almost precisely the opposite of what is generally being discussed in Washington. It would be helpful if we could get a similarly clear analysis of the underlying causes of our completely dysfunctional political system.