Severe Consequences Projected
As baby boomer-induced health care costs grow, these severe
consequences are likely to occur, according to the Tefen study:
-- The problem of uninsured Americans will escalate, as employers seek to
reduce the burden of retiree health care coverage, trim their
contributions to health care premiums and, in some instances, eliminate
the health care benefit entirely.
-- Health care quality will suffer, with wide variation in treatments and
big differences in death rates and surgical complications.
-- Federal spending on Medicare and Medicaid will skyrocket, forcing
politicians to raise taxes or severely curtail a wide range of other
-- State budgets will suffer under the crush of soaring Medicaid costs,
compromising support for education and other local initiatives.
-- The nation as a whole will have fewer and fewer dollars to spend on
education, environmental protection, scientific research and national
"Despite what many people think, the solution is not a single-payer system," said Calogero. "While socialized medicine provides some advantages from an access standpoint, it does not address the underlying cost and quality issues that threaten the functional integrity of health care in the U.S. The real solution to America's health care challenges requires three components: implementing tort reforms, mandating the use of best practices and driving systemic process improvement." The Tefen study provides insights and details on each of these three solution elements.
Implement Tort Reforms
The study's au
|SOURCE Tefen USA|
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