August 29, 2018
Health-care concerns are at the top of many of your patients’ minds, according to reporting by Robert Pearl, MD, in Forbes. Pearl reports that surveys have uncovered healthcare as the number one issue to voters in the November 2018 elections.
Pearl surveyed readers of his monthly newsletter to drill down further into what most matters to people about healthcare. Top issues of concern were prescription-drug prices, single-payer coverage, Medicare funding, Medicaid funding, the opioid epidemic, abortion, malpractice reform and information security.
Solutions that come from the center politically will probably offer the best chance of success, according to Pearl. “I believe the safest path, relative to improving the nation’s health, is toward the center. Amending the more problematic parts of the ACA is better than either of the two extreme positions. If our nation progressively undermines the current coverage provisions, millions of Americans will see their access to care erode. And on the other end, a Medicare-for-all healthcare system will produce large increases in utilization and cost,” he writes.
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