The U.S. government has launched an effort to better understand what works and what doesn't work in healthcare. According to an article in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Brief Series, the effort aims to figure out ways to make healthcare spending more efficient. With estimated healthcare expenditures of $2.6 trillion in 2010, the U.S. outspends every other country in healthcare overall and per person. The government's comparative effectiveness research effort seeks to determine the treatments, diagnostic tests, broader strategies and other services that do the most good for the general population or for specific groups.
When is the governement going to crack down on the CEO salaries in healthcare- there's where a large portion of all the healthcare dollars are going. People are not going to get sick more frequently and be re admitted just because the CEO has a good marketing stradegedy or puts up attention grabbing bilboards. There are still certain criteria a patient has to qualify for to get admitted, a patient can't just walk into an ED and ask to be admitted just because it looks like a nice place to stay.
I think the government should have yearly unannounced audits of every health care institution, hospital system and facility's books for all the give federal funds to to see where our federal tax payer money is going. I think high wage earners should be disallowed and deemed ineligible from drawing on social security, medicare and unemployment- they don't need it with the incomes they have been pulling in. There is no reason why some one who has been earning over $300,000- 400,000/year should need to draw on social security, medicare or unemployment. Yet they do- it has been published in the Philadelphia inquirer that the male CEO of Temple University Hospital system applied for unemployment when he was removed just prior to the Pa nursing strike in 2009. The governement needs to keep on top of these poeple and institutions.