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10 Steps to Affordable Health Care Overhaul: NCPA Proposes Reforms to Protect Choices, Control Costs and Preserve Access
Date:7/30/2009

DALLAS, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To confront and resolve America's health care crisis, the most effective solution for Americans' well-being and budgets is to arm patients with more information and options, not increase spending, regulations and bureaucracy, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis research.

The NCPA today released a 10 point proposal to health care reform, based on two and a half decades of research on health care systems in virtually every developed country. "10 Steps to Free Our Health Care System" at http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ba669.

"We need to liberate every American, including every doctor and every patient, to use their intelligence, creativity and innovative abilities to make the changes needed to create access to low-cost, high-quality health care," said NCPA President John C. Goodman.

"We are all trapped in a dysfunctional health care system," said Goodman. "Doctors and patients are powerless to change the daily waste and inefficiency that cripples this system."

Goodman noted that the way doctors relate to patients has not changed significantly in 100 years. "Doctors don't talk to their patients by telephone or email; nor do they teach patients how to manage their own care or help them become better consumers in the market for drugs," he said. "The reason? Medicare doesn't pay for these services. And because Medicare does not pay, neither does Blue Cross or most employer plans."

To educate the public on health reform options, the NCPA launched the "Free Our Health Care Now" petition drive. The number of petition signers is rapidly approaching one million

people opposed to a government nationalization of our health care system. The petition will be delivered to Congressional leaders and the White House. http://freeourhealthcarenow.com/

Editor's note: Dr. Goodman can speak to the impact and costs of the new health care reform legislation, as well as patient-centered reform alternatives.

The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization established to develop alternatives to government regulation by relying on the private sector.


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