Monday, September 24, 2012

Gottleib on the Degradation of Medical Practice

Scott Gottleib of AEI discusses how, "Medicare reforms are degrading the practice of medicine".

In particular, he discusses three ways in which government control will hamper physicians' incentives to provide good clinical care:
1) Accountable care organizations and bundled payments
2) Pushing doctors to become salaried employees of large healthcare systems
3) An explicit cap on Medicare spending
The common thread in all these is that central planners in Washington can best manage how doctors "in the trenches" can and should treat patients.

Read the full text of "Medicare reforms are degrading the practice of medicine" for more details.