health care reform
Last year I was on a committee of the Institute of Medicine. Our task was to provide the most recent data on the consequences of 47 million uninsured people in America. What could we say? We provided lots of data and agreed with the conclusion of a previous committee that " .. health insurance contributes essentially to obtaining the kind and quality of healthcare that can express the equality and dignity of every person.
OPINION -- Healthcare reform has been a persistent failure. After four decades, the future of healthcare remains economically unsustainable. The physician workforce is demoralized and at the point of leaving.
February 4, 2013 -- Healthcare reform – at both the state and federal level – won't be possible unless clinics and providers have good, up-to-date information on their patients. That in turn won't be possible without good information technology and appropriate supports, said Abigail Sears, CEO of the Oregon Community Health Information Network.
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