… research focus imperative
Idisagree with the following assumption in the article “Academic medical centers may suffer”:
“Studies have shown that the greatest costs for an urban AMC are the homeless, the disabled, the mentally ill and substance abusers. The proposed new forms of health insurance will not cover the cost of care for these individuals while the federal and state payments that presently cover indigent patients will be eliminated. AMCs are further threatened by legislative proposals that would slow the growth of Medicare payment rates while at the same time reallocating payments in order to obviate geographic disparities in spending and limit the amount of money going to higherpriced hospitals.”
The AMCs’ mission is to conduct research in diseases; develop new surgical and medical assessment procedures; work with interdisciplinary faculty, such as faculty from the disciplines of biomedical engineering, biotechnology, physiology and biochemistry, to develop new equipment and devices; conduct research in human genetics and physiology; and conduct experiments in drug therapy at the university medical centers.
The universities’ mission is to move healthcare into the future, not to deliver routine healthcare services to the local community.
Unfortunately, the AMCs are being used as a moneymaking resource by many university presidents. Numerous university medical centers have created satellite campuses to serve the current medical needs of the regional population.
Reimbursement for the medical services by the medical faculty and medical residents has become one of the new revenue sources necessary to operate the universities.
These AMCs are preventing the medical faculty and medical residents from conducting the necessary research in medicine and pharmacology and interfering in research endeavors with the interdisciplinary faculty and doctoral students to meet the future healthcare needs of this nation.
AMCs should remain research-focused institutions. To force the medical faculty to provide routine healthcare services to the region as a revenue source for the university is a tragedy and will prolong or stop muchneeded research to improve healthcare.
Why are we surprised that the Republicans would protest about Medicaid being guaranteed to every citizen of Nebraska? Why are we surprised that Republicans are refusing to even debate the healthcare bill?
Republicans are doing everything they can do to ensure that the average American will not get healthcare.