Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal believes Americans are trapped into “Paying Till It Hurts” for health care. “Our health care system really isn’t working well for anyone,” Rosenthal said at The Alliance Annual Seminar on May 17 at the Monona Terrace in Madison. “Unless you’re in the 1 percent, you could be one medical problem away from financial disaster.”
Months have passed since the leaders of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced they were forming a company that will buy high-quality health care at a lower cost. And they still haven’t picked a person to lead that effort. That’s an indicator of how tough it will be to fix the health care system, according to Sally Welborn, a consultant who was previously the senior vice president of global benefits for Walmart Stores, Inc.
Increasing participation in QualityPath begins – and continues – only when there is ongoing communication, according to experts who shared their insights at a recent webinar.
Some critics of the OpenNotes® movement feel that reading doctors’ full notes about health care encounters could be TMI (Too Much Information). But OpenNotes is gradually silencing its critics by proving that offering more information is a positive way to get patients involved in their care.
Questions abound when it comes to tests and treatments. So how do we know when a specific test or treatment will protect our health and when it just might make things worse?