ACOs Could Be the New Blue Unicorn
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  • Jane the Actuary

    Empowering consumers is nice, in principle, but there’s no transparency. The consumer has no way of price-shopping healthcare, in most instances, and has no way to adequately judge the effectiveness of potential treatments, both by the lack of effectiveness studies for many conventional treatments and by the inability to interpret the statistics of any such studies. Read How We Do Harm, or similar books, about patients, trusting their doctors’ judgment, and being overtreated for their condition in ways that caused serious harm. Catastrophic plans in themselves are not going to solve the health care cost crisis. http://janetheactuary.blogspot.com/2013/07/catastrophinc-health-care-plans.html

  • qet

    This is absurd. Long ago believers in the USSR would be allowed to visit model collective farms, where output was high and everyone was happy, and then on the basis of these manufactured models proclaim that the data showed that collectivized agriculture worked. These sporadic one-off studies popping up here and there lately that purport to show that some feature of the ACA will work as or better than advertised are like those model collective farms. We all know how effective the entire Soviet nation of collectivized agriculture was. A single ACO success story, and one suspects that its success was manufactured by interested parties, is evidence of nothing.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    “Empowering consumers by actually empowering consumers ensures that the system is being policed not by an easily corruptible, monolithic regulatory regime in DC but by millions of people who have a vested interest in getting the best services for the best price.”

    Exactly!

    • Boritz

      Government empowers only government, not consumers. This idea is doomed by the first two words.

      • bpuharic

        Nonsense. Antitrust legislation is an example of why you’re wrong.

        THe right wing fundamentalist view of govt is anarchist and bizarre

  • bpuharic

    Our system is corruptible because American conservatives believe in 1 dollar 1 vote. That’s why 0.01 percent of all voters contributed 28 percent of contributions in the last election. They, with their ‘libertarian’ views, have deregulated elections and given ‘free speech’ to corporations and individuals with unlimited funds to buy politicians.

    The fact is every single govt sponsored healthcare system in the world costs less than ours does. It’s not govt regulation that’s the problem. It’s the right wing belief, as they showed with Medicare Part D, that the system must be rigged so the public interest is defined as allowing huge profits to be made off of gutting the middle class.

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