Obamas Medicare Medicade Nominee Another Radical

New York Post

Controversy is mounting over Dr. Donald Berwick, President Obama’s nominee to run Medicare and Medicaid — and for good reason. Berwick’s writings reveal that he would make radical changes — seniors beware.

Berwick laid out his “Triple Aim” plan in an article he co-authored in Health Affairs (May-June 2008), advocating widespread government use of the “medical home” model. The Congressional Budget Office says that’s a version of HMO-style medicine, with a primary-care provider to oversee your access to costly services such as visits to specialists and diagnostic tests. But in Berwick’s plan, many — perhaps most — primary-care providers would not be physicians.

A fervent ideologue, Berwick puts social engineering ahead of the individual patient’s needs. In contrast, most doctors understand that their duty is to heal each patient who comes to them.

Ever since Medicare was founded in 1965, seniors have been able to call any doctor who takes Medicare, get treatment and have the federal government pay. Not in the future.

The Obama health law will give Berwick wide latitude to make this change. Congress empowered the Health and Human Services secretary (Berwick’s boss, if he’s confirmed) to make vast changes in how care is delivered under Medicare, including setting up pilot programs — such as medical homes — and then expanding them nationwide.

In his Triple Aim plan, Berwick laments that US health care is “designed to focus on the acute needs of individual patients.” He argues for a different focus, social justice.

primary-care providers would not be physicians.!!!!!!!!!!

A fervent ideologue, Berwick puts social engineering ahead of the individual patient’s needs. In contrast, most doctors understand that their duty is to heal each patient who comes to them.

Ever since Medicare was founded in 1965, seniors have been able to call any doctor who takes Medicare, get treatment and have the federal government pay. Not in the future.

The Obama health law will give Berwick wide latitude to make this change. Congress empowered the Health and Human Services secretary (Berwick’s boss, if he’s confirmed) to make vast changes in how care is delivered under Medicare, including setting up pilot programs — such as medical homes — and then expanding them nationwide.

In his Triple Aim plan, Berwick laments that US health care is “designed to focus on the acute needs of individual patients.” He argues for a different focus, social justice.

Will the elderly be a favored subgroup? Not under the Obama health law.
Instead of doctors making decisions autonomously in the interest of their own patients, he wants a nationwide plan allocating resources “to anticipate and shape patterns of care for important subgroups.” These subgroups — which can be defined by age, disease affliction or socio-economic status — should be the “unit of concern,” the individual patient. Instead of doctors making decisions autonomously in the interest of their own patients, he wants a nationwide plan allocating resources “to anticipate and shape patterns of care for important subgroups.” These subgroups — which can be defined by age, disease affliction or socio-economic status — should be the “unit of concern,” the individual patient. Controversy is mounting over Dr. Donald Berwick, President Obama’s nominee to run Medicare and Medicaid — and for good reason. Berwick’s writings reveal that he would make radical changes — seniors beware.

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One Response to Obamas Medicare Medicade Nominee Another Radical

  1. I seriously appreciate all the tough work that
    you have devoted to keeping this place going for everyone.
    I honestly hope this sticks around for a very long time.

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