This post was contributed by Ripley Hollister, MD, board member of the Physicians Foundation.
America’s current healthcare debate is plagued with confusion and misalignment. We have a diverse landscape of players and agendas where legislators, multi-tier bureaucracy, health insurance companies, hospital systems, the pharmaceutical industry, patient advocacy groups and organized medicine all take part in deals that have replaced your healthcare with a “qualified health insurance plan.”
As our ACA matures, medical care has become an even more complex and expensive industry, representing 18 percent of the United States’ GDP. Amid all this, primary care physicians are losing their autonomy and instead have become a tool of the entities that pay them for patients’ care: Medicare, large insurance companies, hospital systems and employers.