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Health care must be market-and business-driven

Governor Sarah Palin today introduced the Alaska Health Care Transparency Act which will provide more effective tools to help Alaskans access affordable health care, and to ensure our health care system is responsive to changing demographics and market conditions.

The bill would establish an Alaska health care information office to give consumers factual information on quality, cost and other important matters to help them make better-informed decisions about health care in the state. Recognizing that health care must be market-and business-driven, rather than restricted by government, Governor Palin is proposing a repeal of the Certificate of Need program (CON). CON is a regulatory process that requires certain health care providers to obtain state approval before offering certain new or expanded services. [Palin's administration] concluded that the CON program does not benefit the citizens of Alaska, given the litigious environment surrounding it.

Source: Governor's office press release, "Health Care Transparency" Jan 19, 2008

Flexibility in government regulations to allow competition

I look forward to working with affected parties to find the necessary solutions that will lead to more affordable health care for Alaskans. I support flexibility in government regulations that allow competition in health care that is needed, and is proven to be good for the consumer, which will drive down health care costs and reduce the need for government subsidies. I also support patients in their rightful demands to have access to full medical billing information.

Source: Campaign website, www.palinforgovernor.com, "Issues" Nov 7, 2006

I disagree with market based approaches to healthcare, but I think that the recognition that there's a need to get more information about there.  I think that assymetric information is behind a lot of the cost i healthcare, and that's one of the principle reasons that I think the government needs to intervene, because the marginal cost of gathering information are much lower than for individuals.
t get a better price.

So the principal function of the insurance company is to reduce information assymetries, but the companies use this to screw over their policy holders.  This wasn't such a big problem before the demutualization of the insurance industry, but that's another story.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sat Aug 30th, 2008 at 05:41:45 PM EST
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