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Power to the patient
Scott W. Atlas, MD, Washington Times, 9-8-04

Dr. Atlas has grasped the crux of America’s health care woes: "The main problem is our third-party payer system. The absence of direct payment from patient to doctor for most medical expenses has shielded Americans from considerations of cost. It has imparted the illusion 'someone else is paying' and foster the idea patients are entitled to all medical care, regardless of cost. That is a costly illusion. It is also the heart of our problem." In other words, health care reform depends on returning health care insurance to a true insurance policy for catastrophic events, rather than a free pass for most forms of routine health care that patients can and should pay for themselves.


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