Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Lash yourself to the mast--health care going into play

A sixth of the US economy is about to plunge into some weird freefall. And if you are sick or even if you aren't, it will be hard to figure out.

One thing is for sure--despite the blatting of the politicians, you may not have the insurance situation you have today, now, this minute.

You will also be paying more. And have to know more and make more decisions for yourself. And even try to stay healthier to get out of the system.


It won't be fun--and probably those famous "uninsured" will not make out the way they thought. Those people are almost an afterthought now, as companies try to find ways to get out of the law or turn their employees over to the tender mercies of the state.

Rick Homans, president and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Development Corporation and Dr Stephen Klasko, CEO of USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine at the Univ of S Florida, wrote about this for the Tampa Bay Times.

Health care, the two say, is not so much a new industry now as a disrupted and transformed one. And the changes are racing along

One change will be from fee-for-service to fee-for-results.

Emphasis, they say, will be on quality and safety, personalized medicine (matching to each person's genetics), electronic records (not really transformed into anything yet), medical devices (nanotechnology, minimal invasion surgery), and iPadization (online ed, online medical advice).

The robot will see you now. Be brave.

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