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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-08 09:20 PM
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34. hmmmm....do you like any Democrats?
What's wrong with a Competent Government?
http://www.revolutionhealth.com/blogs/valjonesmd/tom-da...

Tom Daschle's Approach To Healthcare and a Republican Retort
His solutions are these:

1. Universal coverage. If we don't have universal coverage we can't possibly deal with the universal problems that we have in our country.
2. Cost shifting is not cost savings. By excluding people from the system we're driving costs up for taxpayers about $1500/person/year.
3. We must recognize the importance of continuity of care and the need for a medical home. Chronic care management can only occur if we coordinate the care from the beginning, and not delegating the responsibility of care to the Medicare system when the patient reaches the age of 65.
4. We must focus on wellness and prevention. Every dollar spent on water fluoridation saves 38 dollars in dental costs. Providing mammograms every two years to all women ages 50-69 costs only $9000 for every life year saved.
5. Lack of transparency is a devastating aspect of our healthcare system. We can't fix a system that we don't understand.
6. Best practices we need to adopt them.
7. We need electronic medical records. We're in 21st century operating rooms with 19th century administrative rooms. We use too much paper we should be digital.
8. We have to pool resources to bring down costs.
9. We need to enforce the Stark laws and make sure that proprietary medicine is kept in check.
10. We rely too much on doctors and not enough on nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and physician assistants. They could be used to address the primary care shortage that we have today.
11. We have to change our infrastructure. Congress isn't capable of dealing with the complexity of the decision-making in healthcare. We need a decision-making authority, a federal health board, that has the political autonomy and expertise and statutory ability to make the tough decisions on healthcare on a regular basis. Having this infrastructure in place would allow us the opportunity to integrate public and private mechanisms within our healthcare system in a far more efficient way.
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