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Lanhee Chen talks fixing Doctors’ pay and improving health

The former Policy Director for Governor Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign 2012, Lanhee Chen is a fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University. His latest column for Bloomberg, ‘Fix doctors’ pay and improve health too’ is well worth a read on the US medical care system.

Lanhee opens his discussion highlighting that the current fee-for-service system is unsustainable – one of the few points that Medicare, Republicans and Democrats all agree on. Although the SGR have promised cuts in physician fees since 2002, most years Congress have postponed these.

This is a problem which Lanhee urges Congress to address quickly, he advocates replacing the SGR with an improved physician payment system. He suggests that a not fee-for-service system would reward quality of care rather than quantity and the move from SGR would be a “golden opportunity for better data collection”.

Lanhee acknowledges how expensive this reform would be – an estimated $138 billion, yet he firmly believes it is necessary to “replace the flawed payment system for doctors” and would be the first stage in strengthening Medicare for future generations.

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Lanhee Chen: Rare opportunity for bipartisan cooperation on US Medicare

Last week prominent Republican thinker, Lanhee Chen, was published an op-ed in Bloomberg on Medicare reform.

He noted: On Medicare, Republicans and Democrats don’t agree about much, except this: The current fee-for-service system is unsustainable, and the broken formula used to pay doctors who treat Medicare patients is a big reason why.

Lanhee goes on to explore a potential point of consensus for US politicians on this usually polemic point of debate. Interesting to watch as the debate goes on.

Bloomberg: Fix Doctors’ Pay and Improve Health, Too

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