Who is ready to improve heath care at lower costs? Independent doctors and their patients are. My wife and I organized a group of independent doctors who are in CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield's Patient-Centered Medical Home program.
Twenty-one years ago, I irritated old docs with my ability to use laptops and then electronic medical records. I took sixth grade typing class, had they? Why did they use dictation? I have been the new kid on the block, so I can connect with any patient. I can prevent anyone from unnecessary operations.
Harbor Hospital has been fined $750,000 for double billing echocardiography. Union Memorial has sold patients' houses. Giant corporations don't care about patients. I know four specialists from whom I must protect my patients. Doctors who protect their patients can cut the ridiculous cost of the American non-system of health care.
Private insurers paid Baltimore Urban Area doctors the worst in America, according to the 2005 GAO study. We need the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act so doctors can pay off their massive student loans. I am thankful for Gov. Martin O'Malley and President Barack Obama for their efforts to help patients and doctors by making health insurers more competitive. As Governor O'Malley mentions in his commentary ("New Md. health care delivery system will prioritize wellness," Jan. 11), care is by primary care, not just hospitals.
Dr. Theodore Houk, Lutherville
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