Atlantic Monthly has an interesting article on a large California medical practice that has developed systems to keep elderly patients healthier. In the process, they also save health care costs, and the doctors involved make more money.
In the past, we’ve argued a bit in this space about the role of government vs. market forces in fixing our health care system. It’s encouraging to see that private-sector operators, responding to financial incentives, can provide good outcomes. It’s also worth noting that this medical firm, CareMore, works with the government’s Medicare Advantage program. And “Obamacare” apparently contains provisi0ns that will encourage widespread adoption of this kind of payment structure to drive down medical costs.
Remember: The real issue isn’t providing medical coverage for everyone. The issue is figuring out how we, as a society, can spend less on health care without shortening peoples’ lives. The CareMore experience shows how it is possible to spend less and live better and longer.