“I live here. I already know all this. I feel it in my own medical care and insurance bills.”
That was my first reaction when I saw that the Center for Studying Health Systems Change had just put out a new report on how health care reform has affected Massachusetts, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
I was wrong. I found a motherlode of interesting nuggets in the overview, some little reported before, others the kinds of things that everybody knows but nobody much says. They come from a team of health care researchers who visited the Boston area in March and spoke with more than 50 health care leaders across the board, from doctors to benefits consultants to state officials, then followed up through the summer. Sometimes, I’m thinking, people say things when they’re speaking anonymously to a researcher that they might never say in public…Herewith some excerpts:
1.Doctors who own imaging centers are trying to sell them to hospitals, which can charge more Continue reading