Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

An Unclear Future Ahead for Health Care

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

An Unclear Future Ahead for Health Care

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IN THE AFTERMATH of the most acrimonious presidential election of my lifetime, we are left with recriminations, celebrations, and more questions than answers. And, of course, no real answers for the medical field at all. Just as in 2008, we face an unknown future.

Will this be good or bad for us? I have no idea. Some of the health care changes that hit small practices hardest were the requirements to upgrade or be penalized. Many of us, including myself, didn't have the financial means to do that and elected to take the penalties. It would be nice to see those rolled back. Since all insurers peg their rates to Medicare, I'd be thrilled to see those increase, too. The repeal of the hated sustainable growth rate formula showed that the parties can get something done when they're actually willing to do the work they were elected to do.

On the other hand, I also believe in universal health care. The United States is the only industrialized nation not to have it. The sad truth is that we all pay for the uninsured, because they pay nothing. So the rest of us eat their expenses through higher premiums for ourselves and our families. …

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