Health Insurance

Changes could curb health costs

The pattern of our health care system keeps changing. Unfortunately, these changes are not reducing the overall cost appreciably. Our health care system is built on several principles. First, providers of health care are for the most part not government employees. Increasing at a rapid rate, however, is the conversion from individual practitioners to corporate employees. I remember in the 1960s when I worked on an early planning staff for Medicare the strong stand by the American Medical Association against the "corporate practice of medicine." I have not heard that phrase in recent decades. In large part this trend is driven by expensive technology that is only practical on...