Op-ed contributor Jeffrey R. Ellis says despite its flaws, the medical device and diagnostic industry has a vested economic interest in making healthcare reform a success.
By Jeffrey Ellis
It is said that “all politics is local.” Similarly, all medical care is personal. The fundamental relationship in medical care is between the patient and physician. This has been forgotten in the national effort to extend healthcare security to all Americans. The main flaw in the national insurance enrollment effort, aside from the technical problems of the Web site, is that it basically links patients with insurance companies, not with doctors or accessible patient treatment centers.
Far better would be an effort to engage physicians and affiliated hospitals and clinics to sign up patients, as is currently done for Medicare and Medicaid patients, and for prospective patients to find out what local medical services providers will...