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WWL: A Look at Health Care
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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02/09/2009
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Catching up with democratic political analyst Bill Curry

 

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The massive state budget deficit is growing by the day - and lawmakers are are focused on filling the gap...so what about the plan to revamp the healthcare system? 

Health reform advocates are calling once again for a health insurance buying pool that they say would lower costs - and cover nearly all state residents.  A similar plan got through the state legislature last year but was vetoed by Governor Jodi Rell.  

This enthusiastic charge toward a new health care system in Connecticut was expected to be a major topic of conversation this session - but the momentum has hit a brick wall, in the form of a gaping budget deficit.  Projections of a billion dollar deficit this year, and billions more in the coming years have turned talk in Hartford to cost-cutting - not large scale reform.  

Today, Where We Live - we'll talk about one of the casualties of the economic crisis: healthcare reform.  

Policital analyst Bill Curry joins the conversation - and so can you.  Should we be spending stimulus money to remake the healthcare system? 

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Listener Email from Tom

Dr. Robert Silverstein hit the nail on the head - that 90% of the diseases that the system has to cure are due to bad lifestyle choices.

Transformative change should be directed at changing our lifestyles. Do away with 80% of the animal husbandry industries to reduce the meat, egg, dairy diets: take the subsidies for corn and soybeans and the meat industry and give it to the vegetable, whole grain and fruit industries.

High taxes for smoking.

Regards,

Tom Cleveland

Listener Email from Diane

Healthcare Executive Compensation: Health insurance carriers should not be FOR PROFIT. Upper management is making huge amounts of money and annually raising health insurance rates. Health insurers should not be pricing health insurance to please shareholders.
 
Medical care itself: Why aren't we focussing on what doctors are charging and how many unnecessary tests are performed? The doctors are not engaged in this cost of healthcare issue. If they were, they would discuss with the patient the treatment options and the cost of those treatment options.
 
The answer is price transparency at doctor's offices and related services (labs, imaging facilities, hospitals, pharmacies). Patients should be able to get  estimates and definitive prices before the doctor's appointment and estimates for the courses of treatment so that the patient can make informed decisions as to how their money is being spent. Why shouldn't doctors compete from a price standpoint the same way every other business does. As an aside, HSAs should never have been promoted unitl price transparency was implemented.