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March 17, 2010

NEWS FROM A MODEL FOR OBAMACARE

BOSTON GLOVE - Massachusetts Senate leaders indicated yesterday that they will push forward significant measures this year to control soaring health care costs in the state that probably will include caps on payments to hospitals and doctors.

Senator Richard Moore, an Uxbridge Democrat who is Senate chairman of the health care financing committee, said the Senate is committed to passing long-term solutions to control costs.

Last year, a state commission proposed radical changes to the way providers are paid, with the goal of slowing the rise in the use of medical services. It urged scrapping the current fee-for-service system and paying providers a per-patient annual fee, called a global payment, to cover all of a patient’s medical care.


2 Comments:

Blogger Dave said...

"Global payment" is a politicians name. These are actually called capitation payments (not as nice sounding!). This is a sure way to get doctors to stop taking patients, move to another state, etc. Their payments will go down but their costs won't. In the end, the citizens of Mass. will suffer.

March 17, 2010 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they want to control health care costs then why don't they limit how many health care dollars can be used to pay CEO salaries and bonuses, and "administrative costs". The whole private nature of health insurance is what is driving health care costs up, not the people using the system.

March 18, 2010 10:30 AM  

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