Better late than never, I suppose.
The rather unfortunately-named chairman and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Cleve L. Killingsworth, has noticed something amiss about American health care:
Right now, insurers like Blue Cross mostly pay for the quantity, not quality, of the care patients receive. In other words, the more visits, tests, and procedures a patient receives, the higher the payment. At the same time, we undervalue primary care, which can prevent and manage acute and chronic illness. This needs to change.
The same Boston Globe article contained the following recommendation from the Commonwealth Fund’s Commission for High Performance Health Care:
[C]omprehensive national health reform…[should]…correct the imbalance in payment whereby the provision of specialty care is rewarded more than primary and preventive care.
In an unrelated story, the United States Department of War has warned the naval base at Pearl Harbor that the Empire of Japan may be preparing to attack.