Health Care or Sick Care?

Do you find it ironic that we often don't think about health care until we're sick? When we get sick, we go to the doctor. If we're really sick, we go to the hospital, and those "health" care providers are paid for their care of our illness or injury. I wonder how differently "health" care would look if we operated under a "fee-for-results" system, instead of the current "fee for service" structure.

Fee-for-service type payments may have worked when individuals actually paid from their own pockets. In our current system, most individuals receiving "health" care are not even AWARE of the price for each visit, test, or medication until they receive the bill in the mail. Would you ever purchase a car, not ask how much the car costs, drive away and expect a bill in the mail a couple of weeks later... no questions asked? No negotiating? Of course not!

So how did we get here? In 1942, in response to rapid inflation of wages in a World War II economy, Congress placed a freeze on wages. Employers were then faced with the dilemma of how to entice recruits without exceeding these caps. They soon figured out that inadvertently increasing employees' wages by paying for benefits (like health insurance) would do the trick. And so the spiral began.

In 1965, Medicare was established and became the granddaddy of third party payers. For half a century, laws and regulations have been codified, stratified, amplified, glorified, petrified, sometimes vilified, but never simplified! But now, money is running out and a better system must evolve. That system must be one that will pay for results, not events. The national focus must be on health care rather than sick care. This won't be easy! We must all learn to think differently! Roots 70 years deep will not give way gracefully.

Thankfully Medicare has launched a number of experiments designed to highlight results, not events. Kudos to them! But most importantly, we are being encouraged to think in the right direction and to innovate.

It may take decades, but it will happen... for invention under pressure is what Americans do best!

In an effort to improve our own patient outcomes we've developed a solution which combines Interventional TeleHealth with Targeted Care and is resulting in rehospitalization rates more than 50% lower than the national average!

To find out more about our steps toward health care instead of sick care visit us at carecyclesolutions.net. We have a solution.

30-Day Hospitalization Rate 6.7%.
64% lower than the national average.