In the Modern Healthcare article on the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare (Aug. 22, p. 6), Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont is listed as No. 2. In the accompanying text, the term “government-run” is used to describe the system Vermont is moving toward. This term is inaccurate and is better described as government-administered.
“Government-run” is a term the insurance companies love to toss around as it is undefined and seems to frighten people into believing that the doctors and hospitals will all be run by the government, which is untrue.
One significant cost-adder for providers in today’s healthcare is the large number of insurance companies and multiple plans per company (about 27,000 plans nationally) that providers are forced to deal with. One Concord, N.H., primary-care physician determined that it costs $49,000 per physician/per year in his multiple-physician practice to deal with all the various plans. Vermont’s using a single payer to administer the insurance plan is a real cost-saver. John R. Swartz Wilmot, N.H.