Jamie Heywood Challenges Health 2.0

 

SUBTEXT: Jamie Heywood, Co-Founder and Chairman of PatientsLikeMe, spoke  at the recent Health 2.0 DC conference. While on stage, Heywood issued a challenge to federal agencies to "change what we pay for."

SEE ALSO: Heywood is among the leaders of a nascent health data rights movement. He talks about the issues involved in his THCB op-ed "The Right to Share."

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  1. I pay $440.00 per month and my employers pays $250.00 a month.Do you think I pay enough? Plus a $2,500.00 deductable per person and 20% of all other costs. Co-pays etc etc just as another fine print expense per individual. This is a employee and spouse. Nothing more>
    Seeing that Insurance Policies only represent the profitability of Insurance. You are the target of exploitation and have NO representation in these matters. Saving Money to lower rates are NOT of ANY Interests to Health Insurance Companies. Any attempt to personally lower costs for Insurance would Only Benefit Insurance!!! Choosing to avoid the Doctor or Having a Proceedure benefits Insurance! Paying entitlements called premiums and allowing them to penalize you for using a Benefits is counter productive. Consumers need a active representation and a seat at the Table before any savings and controlls could to be measured.

  2. “Change what we pay for . . . ” amen to that. I have noticed a distinct decline in health care. We seem to be paying so much more, for significantly less.

  3. The main flaw in the health care system is its run not by the people it serves- its run by those interested in maximizing their own interests-regardless of its effects on the rest of society. And so we have a health care system that is detrimental to society as a whole. Recommendations to tweak the system with technology or new and improved plans will fail as these address symproms of our failed health system and not the underlying problems. We should rid the feudalism in our health care system that fosters an unhealthy dependence on those in health care whose focus is their own interests and not the interests of those they are supposed to serve

  4. While many want to put the burden on the federal government, I believe businesses and employees alike can do more to help with our current situation. Businesses should look at ways of reducing costs by offering more voluntary benefits which can be tailored to the individual employee and employees must be willing to share health care costs with their employers to save money and more importantly save jobs.

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