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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Our health care nightmare

VTDigger On May 12, VTDigger reported that “Vermonters spent $6.5 billion on health in 2019, and costs continue to rise.” This was a “4.5% increase for Vermonters over the previous year” and amounts to “$10,442 per person.” What do we get for this $6.5 billion? Is our care or access to it getting any better […]

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Hearing aid legislation needs citizen support

Bennington Banner Have you or someone you know experienced hearing loss?  Did an audiologist recommend that you get hearing aids?  Were you shocked to discover that hearing aids cost from $2,000 to $6,000?  Were you surprised to find out that your health insurance plan, if you had one, didn’t cover hearing aids? Did you struggle […]

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Legislature must lead on OneCare VT

VTDigger OneCare Vermont is called an accountable care organization, but the word “accountable” is a serious misnomer. This private corporation has received over $1 billion in public Medicaid money since 2017, but refuses to turn over much of its salary information to the state’s auditor. Vermont’s Attorney General has rightly sued OneCare so we can […]

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Disagree, Mr, Lynn, single-payer the answer

  Saint Albans Messenger I wanted to respond to Mr. Emerson Lynn’s editorial “Auditor’s ego threatens progress on state’s all-payer model health care experiment” (February 5, 2021), concerning the lawsuit by our state auditor against OneCare over its salary problems. First, and for the record, I am on the advisory committee of the Green Mountain […]

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Ditch OneCare before it engulfs us

  VTDigger OneCare, Vermont’s billion-dollar answer to prepay doctors to keep patients healthy in a country with almost no safety net left, must expire before its costs explode us. Vermont loves paying low hourly wages. Three hundred new multimillionaires just moved into Vermont. Perhaps we need a state structure to teach the millionaires how to […]

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