Will the United States Ever Have a Rational Health Care System?
Kristofer J. Hagglund reviewed Ezekiel J. Emanuel's book Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System. The review was positive and enthusiastic. Emanuel's book suggests that the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") will be good for both providers and the general public. Hagglund notes that Emanuel also makes specific predictions like this one: "[He] foresees the ‘end of health insurance companies as we know them’ by 2025" (para. 7).
Health insurance companies make money by delaying or denying payment, and their profits clearly drain off precious dollars that could go toward providing health care (as they do in Canada). Is Emanuel correct in his assessment that health insurance "as we know it" is both unnecessary and obsolete?
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By Kristofer J. Hagglund
PsycCRITIQUES, 2015 Vol 60(16)