This commentary is by Marvin Malek, M.D., an internist who works on the hospitalist service at Springfield Hospital in Vermont. He serves on the executive committee of Vermont Physicians for a National Health Program.

Fred Thys’s article March 4 in VTDigger does a superb job demonstrating how the UVM-United Healthcare spat directly affects the lives of patients attempting to access care in UVM’s service area.

It should be required reading for anyone who looks to market mechanisms to “solve” the multiple crises that beset the U.S. health care system.  Continue reading...