No wor­ries

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

Well, it’s of­fi­cial. Af­ter read­ing all of the lat­est ar­ti­cles in re­cent health­care mag­a­zines, I can see that Amer­i­cans will not have to worry about the cost of health­care in the fu­ture. Af­ter years of poorly man­aged hos­pi­tals head­ing down the wrong track, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is go­ing to fix ev­ery­thing by elim­i­nat­ing fraud, re­duc­ing chronic ill­nesses and un­nec­es­sary health­care by im­ple­ment­ing bundling and sup­port­ing ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions, thereby cre­at­ing “value-based pur­chas­ing,” forc­ing hos­pi­tals to pur­chase bil­lions of dol­lars of elec­tronic health-record ap­pli­ca­tions that will make them more efficient and forc­ing in­surance com­pa­nies to cover preven­tive ser­vices for no ex­tra cost im­prov­ing ev­ery­one’s health so that they won’t need ex­pen­sive health­care be­fore dy­ing.

Now, what do we do with all those saved health­care pre­mium dol­lars and lower taxes?

Wally Win­kler Chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Keokuk (Iowa) Health Sys­tems

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