This commentary is by Lee Russ of Bennington, a retired legal editor who was the lead editor/author of both the third edition of “Couch on Insurance” and the Attorneys Medical Advisor.

Everybody in Vermont has heard horror stories about health care. But each of those stories focuses on a small piece of the problem. Put those small pieces together like a jigsaw puzzle and you won’t sleep very well at night.

Vermont is short on doctors and nurses, and it’s going to get worse. Many hospitals are bleeding badly. Many patients wait absurdly long times to see a doctor, especially specialists. Over a third of Vermonters have health insurance they are reluctant to use because they can’t afford to pay the deductibles and co-pays.  continue reading…