January 14 From William Steinsmith, MD
Design and implementation of clinical reform is best led by physicians of the professional caliber of Woolhandler, Himmelstein, and Flowers.
VIVA SINGLE-PAYER & DE-PRIVATIZATION OF THE MEDICAL-INDUSTRIAL-PHARMACEUTICAL COMPLEX
“…There are many bad ways to pay doctors, and no particularly good ones. Other nations have achieved better outcomes, lower costs and fairer compensation of physicians using a variety of methods: fee-for-service, capitation, and salary; none is clearly best. The common theme isn’t mode of payment, but a universal system with regulations that restrain costs and minimize the opportunities for profit and the risk of loss. Payment reform should focus not on manipulating greed, but on dampening it. Then the real motivations for good doctoring—altruism, social duty, and the glow we feel when we help our patients—can flourish.”
Steffie Woolhandler, MD
David M. Himmelstein, MD