Apropos of the discussion below (cf. for example, Unagidon @ 1/24, 11:59 am on the commodification of health care), this in Monday's Times. "Insurer Steps Up Fight to Control Health Care Cost" by requiring hospitals to notify the company of a patient's hospitalization within 24 hours or face a fifty percent cut in reimbursement.The hospitals says the rate is confiscatory, and the requirement unnecessary. The Insurers say this is both an effort to control costs and to cut back on the readmission rates of patients. Whatever the case, it is an example of what we are likely to see on the cost-cutting front whether there is health-care reform or not.Also: Irene Baldwin and Unagidon at 1/25; 7:46, same post: 6433.
Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal.