The following is a statement by Spencer Berthelsen, MD of the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic:
The national health care debate is far from over. Days removed from his televised national health care forum, President Obama is calling for an “up or down” vote on the measure within the next few weeks.
In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama asked if anyone had a better approach to holding the line of health care spending. I do. Stay true to the original goals of reform.
Adopt Medicare and Medicaid payment policies that reward quality, efficiency, and care coordination across many medical specialties. Incentivize the use of health information technology, especially Electronic Medical Records systems which promote information sharing. Minimize the need for doctors to practice defensive medicine. And lastly, do not harm proven state liability reforms, such as those enacted in Texas, that have delivered thousands of new doctors and a record increase in charity care. [Read more…]