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Recently, a lot of news and media coverage centers around the US healthcare system: it’s flaws, it’s cost, and it’s deficiencies. There seems to be no shortage of ideas out there of how to fix it: what must or mustn’t be done to improve access, outcomes, and cost. The topic of healthcare systems, however, is a complex one. Many intertwining factors act upon each other and making changes to one piece of the puzzle may have unintended consequences on three other pieces.

So what can be done about the US Healthcare System? What changes should or shouldn’t be made? What should the focus be? I’ve always said that healthcare is about one thing: the patient. That’s where our focus should be when making decisions about healthcare delivery.

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Limor Weinstein from Bespoke Wellness Partners to discuss the US Healthcare System. We discussed the good, the bad, and some ideas to improve the way services are delivered to patients in our clinics, hospitals, and wellness centers.

Here’s an excerpt:

Having said that, I believe the discussion around healthcare needs to be less about which system is “better”, but what type of system will provide the best clinical outcomes, more equitably, for the lowest cost. I would think that one of the biggest reasons that the costs of healthcare have risen in the US is a combination of government regulations combined with influence of large medical corporations and insurance companies guiding/directing those regulations. Take the Affordable Care Act as an example: essentially that law subsidized health insurance companies, guaranteeing them a profit, while making it pretty much illegal for citizens not to be customers of those same companies. When you have that level of corruption, where health insurance companies are writing or heavily influencing the laws that govern them, it’s no wonder that costs to the consumer will rise without any real benefit. The same can be true for the FDA, which in an effort to safeguard the public, places advanced regulatory burdens on companies to develop new drugs and treatments.

Check out the whole thing below:

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Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L is the president and CEO of Rehab U Practice Solutions. He has experience in a variety of rehab settings, working with patients recovering from a variety of injuries and surgeries. He worked as the lead clinician in an outpatient specialty clinic at his local VA Medical center. He also has experience as an adjunct faculty instructor at Augusta University’s Occupational Therapy Program, as a Licensed Board Member on the GA State OT Board, has served on several committees for the national OT Board (NBCOT), and as a consultant working for the State of Georgia’s DBHDD. He is also on the Board of Directors for NBCOT. He works to help healthcare clinics and organizations deliver uniquely impactful patient experiences by improving service delivery through training & advisement.

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