Steven Brill on Health Care

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Steven Brill in TIME magazine

Everyone who cares about health issues needs to read this article which came out today in Time magazine.

http://healthland.time.com/2013/02/20/bitter-pill-why-medical-bills-are-killing-us/print/

There is so much that is important here that I can not begin to discuss it in detail. I need much more time to think through the many issues presented here.

Here is Charlie Rose with Steven Brill.

http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/12792

And here is an interview on Google plus with Steven Brill.

http://healthland.time.com/2013/02/20/bitter-pill-inside-times-cover-story-on-medical-bills/

I know that when my brother died of a brain tumor I received a bill for much more than I could ever pay. He received outstanding care at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, but this article is not about care - it's about the financial aspect of hospital and drug costs.

I suspect that this article may have an important effect upon health costs in the future.

And here is an article just published on the New York Times, on the same issue:

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/01/shocked-shocked-over-hospital-bills/?hp

Read it and I hope there will be many comments below.

Tagged: health costs, Stephen Brill

Comments

Marada Dee 1 year, 9 months ago

My friend who is a nurse and is getting her PhD so that she can lobby for health care reform and better treatment for nurses says that there is also a good interview by John Stewart on the Daily Show about this. Thanks for the link to the Time Magazine article. I haven't read it yet, and will get back to you about it! I am going to send this to every person I know. I can't believe what a mess politicians have made allowing lobbyists to infiltrate Washington to this degree. There have to be sweeping reforms, and I hope this article helps start a fire under people to demand that.

I went to the vet a decade or so ago with a sick cat, and the vet basically said that a drip iv for a human is a thousand dollars, and one for a cat is a hundred dollars. She said that the hundred dollar drip iv would work just as well as the thousand dollar one for humans, but because every doctor and hospital is so worried about getting sued for not using the top of the line equipment, they will always go for the thousand dollar drip iv. She thinks that is why our health care costs more than in any other country in the world.

Marada Dee 1 year, 9 months ago

Hi again,

My friend who is getting a heath policy PhD said that she whole heartedly agrees with the interview and she also adds that, "If we changed our culture regarding end of life care, we could save billions... I remember the amount we spent last year on the last 6 months of someone's life equated to building a health clinic in all 99,000 public K-12 schools."

I wonder what you think of providing more hospice care instead of aggressively trying to prolong a dying person's life?

Kelly Babbit 1 year, 9 months ago

I plan to come back to Kansas from Germany at some point and the two largest things that hold me back are healthcare and benefits. Some German healthcare policy experts were asked to consult for U.S. professionals and summed up as Americans over complicate everything. Simplicity and reduction in complexity is what will drive down costs and this means legal reform, regulatory reform, etc. It also means have a true national health system vs. the pseudo one we have today. No child should be uninsured!

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