Who is Responsible for Controlling Healthcare Cost?in DoctorsACO
US Healthcare Costs Continue to Rise: Our country’s healthcare spending was 2.6 trillion in 2010 and is expected to rise up to 4.8 trillion by 2021. An estimated 49 million Americans lacked health insurance in 2011. Americans who had health insurance had to pay 7.2% more between 2011 and 2012. Who is responsible for controlling the healthcare costs? Is it insurance companies, hospitals, physicians, government or you?
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Time to Take Charge: You and others involved in your care are responsible for controlling healthcare dollars. As a patient we invite you to take charge and get involved in the monitoring of how your healthcare dollars are spent. The new HIPAA law gives you rights to access your medical records from hospitals, physicians and labs within 30 days. Studies have shown that the patients who have access to their medical records actually save money and get better quality healthcare.
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Time to Open A Health Record Bank: We believe that patients should be the center of attention for all their health care providers. A way to have immediate and secure communication about you among all your health care providers will be helpful to reduce cost, remove waste and improve quality. You could achieve that by creating a health record account in a health record bank. Then you can ask all your healthcare providers to send all your records to your secure health record account. Only you will have the key to that secure and safe account. Just imagine with new technology your health information will be as secure as your money in your bank and will also be accessible anywhere with your permission by the touch of a button on an electronic device.
How would you like to use your health record bank? What features would you like to help better manage your health information? Join the discussion and comment below.