Is There Hope for Real Market-Driven Reform? Yes


By Thomas Emerick

First Posted at Cracking Health Costs on 5/7/2013

Tom Emerick, Host of Cracking Health Costs
Tom Emerick, Host of Cracking Health Costs

According to a news story on Kaiser Health News, Boston Children’s is taking on,“Overuse of some medical treatments – and underuse of others, when patients fail to get recommended care — are two factors linked to high medical spending in the United States.”

Is there hope?  Time will tell but at least another hospital is talking about putting the lid on over treatment.  Click here to read the full article.

On the other hand success at Boston Children’s will depend on what they mean by “underuse” of treatments.  Let’s hope that doesn’t mean coming up with even more reasons to give children MRIs, CT scans, etc.

If employers will continue to move patients to medical destinations and company-sponsored centers of excellence expressly to avoid unnecessary surgery and poor diagnosing, the bad hospitals will have to listen…hopefully.