Monday, February 23, 2009
Then...have a summit on "Fiscal Responsibility."
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Health care investments ($112.1 billion)
It will affect every part of health care, from medical and nursing education, to how patients are treated and how much hospitals get paid. The bill allocates more funding than for the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force combined (90-92, 174-177, 181).
- $87 billion for a temporary increase in the Medicaid matching rate for the states
- $20 billion for health information technology, including electronic medical records to prevent medical mistakes, provide better care to patients and introduce cost-saving efficiencies
- $4.1 billion to provide for preventative care and to evaluate the most effective healthcare treatments.
The National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure the doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective so as to reduce costs and “guide” the doctor’s decisions (p.442, 446).
Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties by the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time” (p.511, 518, 540-541).
The Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research ($1.1 billion) (p.190-192) will slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are expensive.
Medicare would apply a cost-effective standard set by the Federal Council for the elderly (p.464).
Drugs "that are found to be less effective and in some cases, more expensive, will no longer be prescribed."
It approves or rejects treatments using a formula that divides the cost of the treatment by the number of years the patient is likely to benefit.
Treatments for younger patients are more often approved than treatments for diseases that affect the elderly, such as osteoporosis.
So....tell me how this will stimulate our economy???