Hmmmm....don't know where the thought process is here...how about the fact that so many hospitals need help with technology to handle this... what if folks were all sent to a paper based hospital in an emergency... where would patient information come from...sure wish we had some IT savvy folks around today that make these decisions...and stop putting the cart before the horse ...we can't even get the daily routine of taking care of Medicaid patients done right...can we focus on one thing at a time and then move forward...all these items are not going to work without a good underlying system, the one we have now does not work... be done with it, add a federal sales tax, pay everybody including the doctors and hospitals and move forward....and this way everybody contributes...and it's about the only pool that could be created that would be large enough..all the present pools of funds are running short...time for something new? BD
Leavitt and Chertoff spoke two days after the committee's chairman, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), released a survey showing that hospitals in seven major U.S. cities would be overwhelmed in case of a Madrid-scale attack. In that incident, 191 people were killed and as many as 270 patients were sent to a single hospital within hours.
President Bush has threatened to veto House legislation that would impose a one-year moratorium on changes sought by HHS to Medicaid, the federal insurance program for the poor. Congressional budget analysts say the reimbursement changes would lower federal spending by $17.8 billion over five years. State officials said the impact would be greater, including cuts to physicians at teaching hospitals and to urban public hospitals whose emergency rooms are already strained.