But when most people are working harder for less, when others cannot work at all, when the cost of health care
devastates families and threatens to bankrupt our enterprises, great and small; when the fear of crime robs law abiding citizens of their freedom; and when millions of poor children cannot even imagine the lives we are calling them to lead, we have not made change our friend.
If the cost of health care
administration continues to rise at the current rate, it will absorb approximately one-third of the nation's health care budget by 2000.
WITH THE COST OF HEALTH CARE
RISING RAPIDLY, third-party payers are increasingly less willing to underwrite the cost of various procedures.
Unquestionably, a major contributor to the cost of health care
has been the high reimbursement of specialist physicians.
Although there is plenty of blame to go around, advanced technology, an aging population, and the lack of patient power and financial participation in medical decisions contribute significantly to the rising cost of health care
. Because of the concerted action that many states are taking to control health care costs, physicians, and the practice of medicine, doctors are increasingly thinking the unthinkable - changing careers.
Premiums for the categories will be different because the cost of health care
for each group is different.
Almost anyone you talk to wants the cost of health care
to go down, and yet patients want the absolute best of everything when it comes to their treatment.
Yet there have been numerous studies that reveal that, as physicians become more involved in health care management, the cost of health care
He sees the need for the adoption of positions by each group that address the needs of the uninsured and show a positive impact on the cost of health care
. Without solid evidence of success, he predicts, Congress will enact a national single-payer health care system by 1996.
Until physicians' incomes are dissociated from the volume and price of the care they deliver, their actions will adversely affect the cost of health care
. A partial solution to the problem is paying the physicians a fee related to the diagnosis, modified by the severity of the case.
"As the cost of health care
continues to rise, patients' expectations are evolving around better value, convenience and simplicity, and a desire for instant, high-quality care," commented Pat Carroll, Walgreens chief medical officer and group vice president of health care services and clinical programs.