Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise?
Tomorrow night, President Bush will give his State of the Union address and he is expected to share his vision for healthcare reform.
From everything I have seen, the playbook he will be reading from is Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
, a new book by a collection of economists associated with the American Enterprise Institute
The authors recommend a number of legislative changes to tax and insurance law that are intended to increase competition and the level of individual participation in healthcare purchasing decisions.
This is definitely a market approach to fixing healthcare; and while I would tend to favor such approaches personally, I still wonder if these changes will benefit a broader spectrum of our society. Over the next few weeks, I would like to explore the particulars of the President’s proposal. I hope you will join me in some critical assessment. Also be sure to watch Hospital Impact, as I am sure that Tony and I will cover the President’s speech later this week.
I will have to take a break from the series in a few weeks, as I will be attending the HIMSS Conference in San Diego. I am sure that my first HIMSS Conference will produce some interesting experiences I will share with Healthcare Tomorrow readers.