Look to Europe

Seven Days [Re “The Doctor Won’t See You Now,” September 1]: Waiting for 10 months? Of course, that’s outrageous when it comes to health care, but it shouldn’t be a surprise. Our country as a whole has the disease, and it won’t be cured with natural foods or lotus positions or seven social workers posing as therapists. […]

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Brumsted’s Pay

Seven Days [Re ” The Doctor Won’t See You Now,” September 1]: Seven Days‘ coverage of wait times at the University of Vermont Medical Center left me horrified by the misery and frustration of the many patients unable to get health care when it was urgently needed. It seems that this horror story results, in […]

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System Failure

Seven Days I thank Seven Days for the story about wait times at the University of Vermont Medical Center [” The Doctor Won’t See You Now,” September 1]. It is interesting that Green Mountain Care Board member Jessica Holmes was so “discouraged” by the wait times that even she, a regulator of the system, “sought […]

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The facts that matter

VTDigger Julie Wasserman recently laid out a wise series of questions that we should be asking in assessing Vermont’s current healthcare reform efforts.  Among them: “What portion of school budget increases are attributable to the rising cost of health care?” Good question.  But why limit it school budgets?  Healthcare costs also contribute to budgets for […]

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OneCare does nothing to provide care for more Vermonters

VTDigger Proponents tout OneCare as a revolutionary new health care system that pays medical providers to “keep people healthy” instead of treating them for illnesses. A corollary is that OneCare patients pay for “quality” rather than “quantity” of health care. The rationale is that currently providers are rewarded for performing (often unnecessary) procedures — “fee […]

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Administration is the major driver of health care costs

Mountain Times Dear Editor, In Michael Long’s letter “OneCare is not the problem with Vermont’s health care” published in the July 7 edition, he asserts that “fee-for-service … is the reason health care in the U.S. is the most expensive, but not the most effective.” That’s a questionable claim at best. Canada, for example, largely […]

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Important vote on expanding Medicare

VTDigger We are at a real crossroads in our country as most Americans can afford neither health care coverage nor the cost of prescription drugs. Several state and national plans are being discussed to try to make health care a right and not a privilege in the U.S. Unfortunately, there are still too many folks […]

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Administration is the major driver of health care costs

VTDigger In “OneCare is not the problem with Vermont’s health care” (June 28), Michael Long asserts that “fee-for-service … is the reason health care in the U.S. is the most expensive, but not the most effective.” That’s a questionable claim at best. Canada, for example, largely continues to rely on fee-for-service within its single-payer health […]

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Health is not an industrial commodity

VTDigger I thank the VTDigger for the article on the Green Mountain Care Board: “10 years after it was created, has the Green Mountain Care Board worked?” To me, the answer is yes; it has worked and well. The proof here is the letter Mr. John Brumsted, CEO of the UVM Health Network, sent the […]

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Gov has to bring courage to health care debate

St. Albans Messenger I agree with much, but not all, of Emerson Lynn’s June 8 column “Gov to lead on health care? Deal with GMCB first.” I disagree with this. The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) is only carrying out its assigned mission handed down by the legislature and our governor. For the record, I […]

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