Wednesday, March 15, 2017
This Is A Question We Need To Ask, Just The Same As They Are in The US.
This appeared a few days ago.
Published March 09 2017, 4:36pm EST
Earlier this year, Monmouth University conducted a survey to determine which issues were most important as the country transitions to a new presidential administration. Among all the potential concerns Americans now face, the issue that rises to the top is healthcare costs.
How acute a concern is this? It’s significant enough that, when asked the open-ended question, “turning to issues closer to home, what is the biggest concern facing your family right now?” 25 percent of respondents made it their No. 1 issue.
“It’s also worth noting that issues that have been dominating the news, such as immigration and national security, rank very low on the list of items that keep Americans up at night,” said Director Patrick Murray of the politically independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
The concerns Americans are voicing about the affordability of care are certainly not misplaced. Overall healthcare costs rose more last August than they have during any month since 1984.
Why do healthcare costs continue to climb?
The answer is complex, as healthcare economics are complex, but certainly Obamacare and industry consolidation and drug prices and a host of other issues can be factored in. Still, one input outweighs all others, according to a recent New York Times piece.
“The real culprit of increased spending? Technology,” health economist Austin Frakt writes. “Every year you age, healthcare technology changes—usually for the better, but always at higher cost. Technology change is responsible for at least one-third and as much as two-thirds of per capita healthcare spending growth.”
To be clear, Frakt is talking about all technology, not just healthcare information technology. Indeed, in the sheer tonnage of medical technology that currently exists, IT probably makes up a relatively small share, but it does get lumped in the larger group when looking at the direct relationship between tech and costs.
Lots more here:
The point here is that if Health IT did indeed save money and make a real difference to care surely someone would have come up with evidence by now and no-one would be asking the question any more.
They are however! The ADHA has to start to be hard-nosed about the public’s money is spends without any evidentiary justification. It has gone on too long as partially demonstrated by the most recent poll.
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Wednesday, March 15, 2017