It’s Broken: So Let’s Break It Some More

Vermont Standard By Kurt Staudter Back when I was in college, I wrote an exhaustive paper on the Vermont experience moving towards a single-payer universal coverage healthcare system. At the time when the Vermont Democrats had the Senate, the House and our smiling governor looked into the camera and told us that the struggle was […]

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Nick Santoro: Universal health care, and other things we need now

VTDigger This commentary is by Nick Santoro, a resident of Rutland. With the deathly mess American government and the privatized medical industry have made with their Covid slapdash strategy, it seems a wee bit timely to design a universal health care system for those who need it (most of us), in conjunction with existing privatized […]

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Enough stalling — grow a backbone

Vermont Standard By Kurt Staudter “The time to reboot Vermont’s health care reform efforts are long overdue. It is time to rip the Band-Aid off and start anew to achieve better quality and savings for Vermonters,” — Rep. David Yacovone (D) Morrisville in an opinion piece in the Morrisville News-Citizen. Ask Governor Phil Scott what’s […]

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Dr. Melissa Volansky: Vermont will soon have drastically fewer primary care physicians

VTDigger This commentary is by Melissa Volansky, M.D., a family physician and chief medical officer at Lamoille Health Partners, based in Morrisville. I hope many read the excellent recent article by Colin Flanders in Seven Days decrying Vermont’s impending loss of independent physician practices. We cannot afford to lose these vital professionals. Sadly, by pitting […]

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Flood: OneCare fails

Times Argus Just when you thought the all-payer model and ACO could not get any stranger, there is a new and shocking development. Recently, the Green Mountain Care Board released the 2020 financial and quality care results for OneCare Vermont. The results show OneCare “saved” almost $8 million in Medicare spending and over $15 million […]

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Dr. Marvin Malek: Willie Sutton and the brave new world of Medicare privatization

VTDigger This commentary is by Dr. Marvin Malek, an internal medicine specialist working at Springfield Hospital. He is also on the executive committee of Vermont Physicians for a National Health Program. In 1938, the notorious bank robber Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks. His response: “That’s where the money is.” Were Willie Sutton […]

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Dr. Judy K. Orton: Vermont primary care practices feel the squeeze

VTDigger This commentary is by Judy K. Orton, M.D., whose practice is at Green Mountain Pediatrics in Bennington. I have been a solo, independent pediatrician for 32 years at Green Mountain Pediatrics, located in Bennington. I have always strived to use best practices with some healthy common sense in the care of my kids. I […]

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Rob Hoffman: OneCare requests more for salaries, less for mission

VTDigger This commentary is by Rob Hoffman of Quechee. The Green Mountain Care Board is presently deliberating over the 2022 annual budget submission for Vermont’s all-payer model accountable care organization, OneCare Vermont — whose parent company is the University of Vermont Health Network. OneCare has been tasked as the all-payer model’s partner with existential importance. […]

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John Steen: Medicare Advantage is a disadvantage

VTDigger This commentary is by John Steen of South Burlington, who, before he retired, was a teacher of philosophy, had a 20-year career in health planning, health regulation and public health, was a professor of health policy, and is immediate past president of the American Health Planning Association. I am responding to a commentary in […]

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