Meet the people behind your future care.
August 23, 2009 Leave a comment
* Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel: Dr. Emanuel is the brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. He has written extensively of the benefits of “comparative effectiveness research.” This concept is key in socialized care policies such as those in Canada and the U.K. In essence comparative effectiveness research promotes devoting health care resources to those who have the most time left to benefit from them. Savings, he wrote, will require changing how doctors think of their patients:
“Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of the cost or the effects on others.”
Emanuel wants doctors to look beyond the needs of their patients and consider “social justice,” such as whether the money could be better spent on somebody else.
Emanuel believes that “communitarianism” should guide decisions on who gets care. He says medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens.”
Emanuel also criticizes Americans for being “too enamored with technology” and is determined to reduce access to it.
* Dr. David Blumenthal: Dr. Blumenthal has been given the responsibility of developing a nation-wide medical monitoring system, which will “oversee” the choices your doctor makes when it comes to YOUR health.
Diagnoses, treatments and recommendations will all be recorded in this system and analyzed by the government.
He recommends slowing medical innovation to control health spending. Obama appointed him as national coordinator of health information technology, a job that involves making sure doctors obey guidelines about what care the government considers appropriate and cost effective.