It’s not getting much attention in the debate over health care when attention from the left focuses on insurance companies and the public option and the right speaks of government takeover, but providers will have to reduce costs. It was not heartening to learn that the leaders of most of the state’s major hospitals blew off an attempt by the Patrick administration to find out what is driving rising health care costs. It’s obvious that these hospitals and their professionals do a lot of good; it also seems that they throw their weight around and act with impunity. When Tufts tried to create pressure to reduce costs, the response was to threaten to cut off their patients. http://www.boston.com/news/loc…
No one put it in the blunt terms, but the basic threat is if you don’t do what we want, your members won’t get care from us–what a noble defense of the Hippocratic Oath that was.
Health care is costly–at the same time, anyone with even modest experience with the system can tell of patients who receive multiple xrays and other imaging tests for the same injury within a short amount of time.