Information for the Obama Transition Team
January 3, 2009
- Every person needs to have a healthcare provider or medical home. Sliding scale can be used to determine what a person should pay. No one should be denied care.
- The Federal Healthcare System should be the model of healthcare used. Bring out the best in the Federal Healthcare, Medicare, and the Medicaid Model.
- Mental health parity is a necessity for all forms of health coverage.
- Community clinics could provide basic healthcare needs and be wellness centers.
- There should be a mandate for pharmaceutical companies to provide medication for compassionate use and there can be incentives for these companies when they provide this.
- Pharmaceutical companies should have transparent research results. There should be a Federal Formulary and limited direct-to-consumer marketing.
- There needs to be litigation regulation for malpractice lawsuits and limitation for compensation.
- There needs to be medical ethical teams to determine viability of life. Heroic measures should be reviewed by medical ethical teams.
- Goodwill or probono providers should be encouraged and incentives offered if there is a certain percentage of free care given. Patients should not be allowed to sue providers, except for cases of negligence. If a patient accuses the provider of negligence, then it should be up to the patient to prove the negligence.
- Incentives should be offered for patients who stay healthy, such as a point system that could be traded for cost benefit or decrease charges.
- Incentives should be given to businesses who provide healthcare, such as tax rebates, money reimbursement.
- The cost savings of providing all people with healthcare will exceed the expense as long as there are incentives to remain healthy, and for providers, hospitals, companies to prevent abuse. Incentives should be given at all levels of care to provide an effective healthcare system with wellness and prevention as a priority.