One of the goals of health reform was to change the way doctors practice medicine. Under Medicares fee-for-service payment system, we were told, physicians have an incentive to perform too many of the wrong kinds of services. As a result, the cost is too high and the quality of care is too low. Instead, we should pay for value rather than quantity, said the reformers.
|John C. Goodman is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, President of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research, and author of the widely acclaimed Independent books, A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America, and the award-winning, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis. The Wall Street Journal and the National Journal, among other media, have called him the Father of Health Savings Accounts.|
Obamacare remains highly controversial and faces ongoing legal and political challenges. Polls show that by a large margin Americans remain opposed to the healthcare law and seek to repeal and replace it. However, the question is: Replace it with what?