Health care has seen its fair share of shifts in strategic alliances over the years, as its structure has been forced to adapt to fluctuations in the marketplace as well as repeated recalibrations brought on by government regulations, including those pertaining to issues of reimbursement. As the amount of money our nation spends on health care continues to increase at alarming rates, physicians will most likely have greater struggles than before. This inherent disconnect between the changes in our health care system and the satisfaction of patients and providers leaves much to be desired and begs many questions.
To most Americans in the modern age, health care is considered a right rather than a privilege, particularly when it comes to emergency medical care. To date there is no prerequisite granting entitlement to its benefits save that of U.S. citizenship, and even the highest level of self-neglect will not bar any claim to services.
But if health care remains a right that one cannot forfeit through abuse, who should be made responsible for picking up the tab? In the past, the business of health care has often operated outside the parameters of fiscal consideration, and it is this lack of financial control that has now come to threaten health care’s very existence. At its core, the new system proposed by reform seeks to address these inequities, recognizing that its survival relies on its sustainability. Provider representation is our speciality.
For health care reform to succeed, individuals must come to accept the harsh truth that the present path on which this country is headed may ultimately lead to the abolition of unrestrained entitlement to care. Since the establishment of parameters that may one day lead to individual loss of this basic right is not presently up for consideration, now is the perfect opportunity for the creation of an alliance that recognizes not only our right to comprehensive care, but also our responsibility to ourselves and the system in which we trust. Mutual compromise is our only hope for the resurrection of the provider/patient relationship.
Now more than ever it is essential for providers to focus on combining strategic expertise with a concentration on legal issues pertaining to contemporary American health care law.