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  •  We already ration, BADLY. Rationing better a must. (0+ / 0-)

    Every time you hear somebody say we "can't afford" more healthcare, remember that's largely because a lot of the money we now spend on healthcare is wasted.

    Research now shows there many expensive tests, drugs, and procedures that, on average, do not result in better outcomes than cheaper alternatives.

    And there are many other cheap-vs.-expensive choices for which there is simply no research.

    If we're going to deny care to some people, isn't it a moral imperative to make damn sure that every dollar we spend on other people's care is at least well spent?

    ESSENTIAL reading:

    http://discovermagazine.com/...

    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 02:40:13 PM PST

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    •  Maybe you misunderstood my comment? I'm in (1+ / 0-)
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      total agreement, in  principle, that we must ration.  And yes, we do so now, in the sense that some folks are "rationed out of the system." And that's absolutely unacceptable.

      Heck, I've spent my entire professional career fighting for these folks.

      Now, I will continue to read all available material regarding "best practices," as they apply to the ACA.  I guess you could call my approach (I truly hate quoting Reagan, of all people) "Trust, but verify."  Hopefully, the handful of healthcare advocacy organizations that exist, will be vigilant in doing so, also.  If they are, there will be nothing to worry about, IMO.

      And thanks for the links.  I'll add them to my library of links.  Please share anymore that you discover.

      I follow a couple of health economists, a couple of medical websites, and the Kaiser Health News website, as best my limited time allows.

      And thank you for bringing up this topic.  Folks need to 'get over their fear' of rationing healthcare.  It's here to stay.

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 02:59:03 PM PST

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