The arguments that the widespread use of health information technology (HIT), improving health status, expanding outcomes research, implementing pay-for-performance systems, and covering everyone will make it possible for us to afford comprehensive health care reform are commonly cited by people on both sides of the political aisle. It’s all a myth.
Undoubtedly, these ideas will be at the core of any number of health care reform proposals as we begin the 2009 health care reform effort.There is nothing wrong with any of these things and all can make a positive contribution toward improving both the cost of and especially the quality in our health care system. All should be part of a reform proposal.The problem is that none of them would make more than a modest dent in what a reformed system would cost us and not come anywhere near close to
accomplishing the objective of stabilizing our health care costs much less reducing them.