Leaders must take off the blinders and see the need for private sector jobs
Have you noticed almost constant claims by many healthcare leaders or the heads of their trade associations that any and all federal government cutbacks in spending for healthcare or other social programs must be prevented at all costs? Really?
McPhersonWith a current federal government deficit of over $17 trillion and still growing-which doesn't even include future Medicare, Social Security and other unfunded liabilities of the same size or more-our economy and the value of our dollar are on the path to collapse. Whether our federal officials will admit it or not. Such a catastrophe would essentially move all of the remaining middle class to the ranks of the poor.
What is at stake here is America as we have known and loved it.
Healthcare leaders must not only reform healthcare delivery and payment systems but also support federal policies that both reduce federal spending and increase revenues in ways that stimulate private sector jobs. Stimulation of private sector jobs is critical to enabling people to achieve decent food, shelter and healthcare coverage and to meet other personal needs and wants, in a dignified, uplifting manner.
What public policy changes should healthcare leaders support in this regard? Here’s my personal list:
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A the same time, we must not forget the unique roles that private philanthropy and the nonprofit sector have played in meeting healthcare and other societal needs that the public and for-profit sectors cannot. Stimulating and focusing their efforts will be even more important in the years and decades ahead. What public policy changes are needed in this regard?
Here again I have my list:
For those healthcare leaders who would say that many or all of such public policy changes are beyond their purview, I strongly disagree. They can all directly or indirectly improve "population health" and save our country.
Bruce McPherson is president of the Alliance for Advancing Nonprofit Healthcare based in Washington, DC, a former executive with the American Hospital Association and the National Rehabilitation Hospital, and a former senior manager with the Blue Cross Association. These views are his own and not any official position of the Alliance.