Healthcare industry analyst Joe Flower says healthcare reform must remain a top priority for the nation, no matter how the case before the United States Supreme Court is decided.
“Congress is so stuck we cannot imagine either repealing it (the federal healthcare law) or replacing it or doing something different. It is difficult to imagine Congress doing anything big about healthcare over the next few years,” Flower tells the Jack and John Show on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “We have to focus on what can be done in the markets. There is, actually, a lot that can be done.”
Flower says the nation cannot solve its deficit problem without reforming healthcare, which comprising approximately 20% of the national economy. He says the healthcare law approved in 2010 will not bring down healthcare costs. He says the act seeks to spread out risks.
To cut costs, the structure of healthcare in the United States must change, according to Flower. He says several studies have arrived at the same conclusion, that waste in the medical field totals approximately 30%, some $800 billion each year. Flower advocates a change in the current business model, which is fee-for-service. That model, according to Flower, provides incentive to favor the most expensive care over less expensive preventative care. A lack of standardization also has caused medical costs to rise, he says.
Flower, in Lincoln to talk with healthcare professionals and community leaders, says everyone in the medical profession understands the future will be drastically different, they just don’t know what changes are in store. He has spoken and written about healthcare for 30 years. You can learn more at his website, www.imaginewhatif.com.
AUDIO: Joe Flower discusses healthcare reform on KLIN’s Jack and John Show. [14 min]