We’re not saying it was among the most tweeted moments of the night, like the President’s call to increase the minimum wage or #watergate. We’re not even comparing it to important issues like fixing the voting process, ending climate change or stopping gun violence.
But we would be remiss not to observe that in the State of the Union address last night, when the President discussed health care, he noted the following:
We’ll bring down [Medicare] costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare, because our medical bills shouldn’t be based on the number of tests ordered or days spent in the hospital – they should be based on the quality of care that our seniors receive.
So, wait, in other words, “fear of ligation” (even though less than 5% of errors result in a lawsuit) isn’t the problem, but rather it’s Medicare’s “fee-for-service” medicine? In other words, we need to fix a system that creates perverse incentives for providers to do too many tests and not make patients better? And we can fix this problem by managing care properly, not by stripping patients of their legal rights?
Well, knock me over with a tiny Poland Spring water bottle.