1. First, blame the patient.*We appreciate the detailed spreadsheets of costs provided by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. Given their apparently extensive talent bank and funding for this type of analysis, we look forward to seeing comparable line-item analyses for the costs of ever-burgeoning healthcare bureaucracy.
2. Do not, under any circumstances blame:
3. Next, assemble an impressive array of like-minded and highly gifted individuals who sincerely believe the patient is the problem.
- the relentless bureaucracy hell-bent on continued expansion
- the rising cost of technology
- the lack of tort reform
- overtesting occurring because of defensive medicine
- the annually increasing percentage of administrative overhead for healthcare delivery in the US, now approaching 30% of the entire healthcare bill
- direct-to-consumer advertising
- the un-checked hospital construction industry
- the increasing median age of our populace
- the lack of transparency of true costs within the system
- No restriction on healthcare delivery in futile situations
4. Assemble lots and lots of "partners" with financial conflicts in this debate to stand by your side.
5. Build a very fancy website at significant cost.
6. Spend lots and lots of money on "new media consultants" to be sure the blog-o-sphere learns of this website (h/t: Thanks, Chris)
7. Pat yourself on the back for defining "the problem."
* Of course, do not CALL it "the patient," instead, call it working to "fight chronic disease."
ADDENDUM: Lisa Emrich at Brass and Ivory blog adds her perspective as a patient with chronic disease.