Tying Medicare Payment to Quality

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    The baby steps toward getting better value for our dollar continue via some of the new Medicare reforms:

     
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    Oh goody!....More bureaucrats and red tape!...That'll bring costs down!:rolleyes:
     
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    The main thing is to maintain centralized, authoritarian control over all aspects of our lives. Go Greenbeard!
     
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    Right, because centrally planned price controls ALWAYS do a better job of that than does competition and individual choice....:doubt:

    God you're a nanny state suck up.
     
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    LOLz

    Democrats are such total fucking morons

    Their economic "ideas" are being abandoned by real Communists
     
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    Greenbeard's Government control of rice production in Vietnam sucked so bad that they had to import 2 million tons annually to keep people from starving.

    They dropped that in favor of free enterprise, the way the US was before the Neo-Marxists took over and they are now prosperous and the second leading exporter of rice on the planet
     
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    Medicare beneficiaries do have individual choice of hospitals, as it's extremely rare for a hospital not to accept Medicare (Medicare and Medicaid together make up a majority of hospital volume in the U.S.). They can vote with their feet as much as anyone choosing a hospital can. For a variety of reasons, which may or may not be obvious to you, that alone does not promote quality or continuous quality improvement.

    It's long past time for pay to reflect performance, if only to a small degree at first.
     
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    Do I have a choice to but to pay for these people? Didn't think so. Stick your central planning of markets. It ALWAYS results in skyrocketing prices shitty results.
     
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    That seems to be the fundamental philosophical gap here: I'm starting from the presumption that the goal of our health sector, and in particular here our hospitals, should be to treat and heal the sick or injured to the best of that sector's abilities and be appropriately and adequately compensated for it. Thus finding ways to do that better is not only a necessary and admirable pursuit, it's cause for celebration when progress is made.

    A common alternative formulation seems to be that the goal of the health sector should be to avoid treating or healing the sick or injured to the maximum extent possible. If that's the worldview you start from then obviously pursing higher quality care at lower cost is not going to be of much interest.
     

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