Health care managed by the government. A Brave New World. Obamacare will change everything. Health care for better or worse.
But mostly worse.
A recent health care symposium hosted by Buck Consultants, BCBSGA, Piedmont Healthcare and others had these observations about the future of health care.
Employers that offer health insurance are feeling the pinch of these costs –- and are, in turn, squeezing workers for more out-of-pocket payments. Medical providers are battling increased costs of their own, and at the same time are being pressured on pricing and quality from insurers and employers.
Sounds bleak huh?
It get's worse.
Providers have scrambled recently to form ‘‘accountable care organizations’’ — groupings of hospitals and doctors that seek to coordinate medical services for patients.
Hospital systems, meanwhile, are consolidating at a rapid pace. Dr. Ira Horowitz of Emory University School of Medicine said the metro Atlanta market could end up with four or five large hospital systems at the end of this wave of mergers and new partnerships.
Assembly line health care is the future.