Gene Dorio: Some rules to draw up insurance by
Dr. Eugene Dorio, right, stands as one of about 60 people in attendance and asks a question about the accounting oversite of Measure H during a debate over the homelessness tax hike earlier this year. Signal file photo by Dan Watson.
By Signal Contributor
Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Regarding “Health care free market abject failure” column published May 25 in The Signal:

The financial burden faced by the Lunetta family stemming from an inept health-care system is similarly faced by many Americans. For those online, the “comment” dialogue has been active and important as our country debates this issue.

As a frontline physician, my job is to define the problem (make a diagnosis) and then develop a solution (treatment plan). My decisions though are predicated on evidence-based research helping to guide my patients, and not skewed by outside special-interest forces like in government.

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and Medicare Part D were both written by self-serving lobbyists, then rubber-stamped by congressional representatives to extract huge profits from the American people.

As we try to re-align health care into a worthy system, here are some of my solutions:

1) Make it legal for Americans to fill their prescriptions outside the country, where the rest of the world is paying one-tenth the costs;

2) Look at health-care systems around the world and extract and contour those ideas so we can apply them to a new system;

3) For whatever system created, start it on a local level using one or two states to iron out logistic problems instead of making the whole nation guinea pigs;

4) Make the VA system the premier health care in the country;

5) Institute medical tort reform and augment physician/hospital oversight and peer review;

6) For whatever law is made for health care, force all members of Congress to live under those same laws.

Maybe then, families like the Lunettas can heal and not face a similar financial burden.

 

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Dr. Eugene Dorio, right, stands as one of about 60 people in attendance and asks a question about the accounting oversite of Measure H during a debate over the homelessness tax hike earlier this year. Signal file photo by Dan Watson.

Gene Dorio: Some rules to draw up insurance by

Regarding “Health care free market abject failure” column published May 25 in The Signal:

The financial burden faced by the Lunetta family stemming from an inept health-care system is similarly faced by many Americans. For those online, the “comment” dialogue has been active and important as our country debates this issue.

As a frontline physician, my job is to define the problem (make a diagnosis) and then develop a solution (treatment plan). My decisions though are predicated on evidence-based research helping to guide my patients, and not skewed by outside special-interest forces like in government.

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and Medicare Part D were both written by self-serving lobbyists, then rubber-stamped by congressional representatives to extract huge profits from the American people.

As we try to re-align health care into a worthy system, here are some of my solutions:

1) Make it legal for Americans to fill their prescriptions outside the country, where the rest of the world is paying one-tenth the costs;

2) Look at health-care systems around the world and extract and contour those ideas so we can apply them to a new system;

3) For whatever system created, start it on a local level using one or two states to iron out logistic problems instead of making the whole nation guinea pigs;

4) Make the VA system the premier health care in the country;

5) Institute medical tort reform and augment physician/hospital oversight and peer review;

6) For whatever law is made for health care, force all members of Congress to live under those same laws.

Maybe then, families like the Lunettas can heal and not face a similar financial burden.