Straight Talk On Health Care
Brad Wright has posted Health Wonk Review: The Game 7 of Politics Edition at Wright on Health. I submit that we will not be able to have good quality, accessible health care at an affordable price until we restore physicians as independent, ethical health care professionals, and until we restore small, independent, community responsible, non-profit hospitals as the locus for inpatient care.
So it is not obvious that these board members are particularly familiar with the nuances of the mission of a large academic hospital system, which includes delivering excellent patient care that puts individual patients first, particularly ahead of board members’ self interest, and of its academic role, seeking and disseminating the truth.
Marc Berson founded the Millburn-based ‘Fidelco Group’ in 1981, a ‘private investment owner-developer of residential, commercial, retail, and industrial properties in New York, New Jersey, Florida and Ohio,’ according to a press release announcing his election as Chairman of the Barnabas Health Systems board in 2014.
For example, in the United States, which operates under a mixed market health care system, some physicians might voluntarily limit their practice to secondary care by requiring patients to see a primary care provider first, or this restriction may be imposed under the terms of the payment agreements in private or group health insurance plans.
Such services typically include elective procedures as well as complex specialized surgeries such as joint replacement ( knee / hip ), cardiac surgery , dental surgery , and cosmetic surgeries However, virtually every type of health care, including psychiatry, alternative treatments, convalescent care and even burial services are available.