For those of you who don't know me, I am a dermatology resident physician at the University of Utah with an interest in healthcare reform. Thanks for the invitation to discuss one of my interests. I am looking forward to the discussion!
Now for the discussion:
The U.S. House and Senate are currently in the midst of formulating a final healthcare bill intended to "reform" an industry that makes up nearly 20% of the national economy.
The readings/viewings below are meant to serve as a primer for a provocative discussion. I hope the discussion will examine 1) what are the problems with the current system, 2) what are the solutions being proposed by Congress, 3) what are other possible solutions and 4) how much will legislative process influence the final reform effort?
Please feel free to review as much or as little of the information below as you wish. If time is limited, I'd recommend reviewing the first three documents first.
1. Basic overview…