I was recently asked by our friend, Gary DuBois, to join a conversation of Americans, ex-patriots and citizens of other countries about the state of the health care system in the United States and prospects for meaningful reform. Gary asked me to participate based on my work in the health care arena over the course of several careers.
Although I write on many subjects as a result of research, health care is one subject I write about based on extensive personal professional experience. I have been involved with the world’s and U.S. health care system at literally all levels, from the general practitioner’s office to large scale vertically integrated healthcare systems (birth to death and everything in between), diagnostic imaging, pharmaceutical, device manufacturers, insurance companies, public policy, etc.
The current and coming debate on health care reform will be filled with super-heated rhetoric and emotionally compelling marketing messages designed to sway political and public opinion. If it follows the historical pattern of public policy debate in the U.S., there will be very little discussion of facts. I believe the debate will produce a better outcome for the citizens of America if the citizens are educated on some facts concerning health care and those citizens subsequently demand their elected representatives operate within a framework of factual information.
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