This reads scary. They are going to guide doctors decisions on standard treament for diseases. I’m glad diseases affect each person exaclty the same, otherwise it might be scary allowing an appointed official to determine what kind of medical care we receive.
If you don’t think this administration has a socialist agenda how do you explain this little hidden gem?
Yes, it reads scary, by design! Of course…it isn’t true, McCaughey just makes it up out of thin air. You could of course just read the Bill!
SEC. 3001. OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL COORDINATOR FOR HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.
"(a) Establishment-- There is established within the Department of Health and Human Services an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (referred to in this section as the 'Office'). The Office shall be headed by a National Coordinator who shall be appointed by the Secretary and shall report directly to the Secretary.
"(b) Purpose-- The National Coordinator shall perform the duties under subsection (c) in a manner consistent with the development of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure that allows for the electronic use and exchange of information and that--
"(1) ensures that each patient's health information is secure and protected, in accordance with applicable law;
"(2) improves health care quality, reduces medical errors, reduces health disparities, and advances the delivery of patient-centered medical care;
"(3) reduces health care costs resulting from inefficiency, medical errors, inappropriate care, duplicative care, and incomplete information;
"(4) provides appropriate information to help guide medical decisions at the time and place of care;
"(5) ensures the inclusion of meaningful public input in such development of such infrastructure;
"(6) improves the coordination of care and information among hospitals, laboratories, physician offices, and other entities through an effective infrastructure for the secure and authorized exchange of health care information;
"(7) improves public health activities and facilitates the early identification and rapid response to public health threats and emergencies, including bioterror events and infectious disease outbreaks;
"(8) facilitates health and clinical research and health care quality;
"(9) promotes prevention of chronic diseases;
"(10) promotes a more effective marketplace, greater competition, greater systems analysis, increased consumer choice, and improved outcomes in health care services; and
"(11) improves efforts to reduce health disparities.
See, it isn’t the govt. that will help guide medical decisions, no… it’s “development of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure that allows for the electronic use and exchange of information”.
Get it? having access to accurate patient information will allow doctors to make the appropriate medical decisions. Sound like a good idea? Of course!
But if you’re trying to dupe sheep like headhunter into not supporting good ideas, you have to lie to them!
Next phony outrage…
You are that inept at treading between the lines huh?
The same government that guided mortgage lending is now going to guide medical decisions? The Barney Franks of tihs government are going to regulate health care? Now, on top of insurance companies regulating medical decisions now you have a government agency regulating decisions.
You are a joke, no one can be so blind as to support everything that their party of choice produces. Every time you post you are blindly supportng something just because it is dem sponsored. Read between the lines. The last thing healthcare needs is more limits and boundaries.
You’re not getting it…This is a made up controversy, started by Mccaughey, then Rush and Drudge and of course then Fox. Just read the bill.
Take a look at #4. That doesn’t scare you at all? Another group of people(very much like those in insurance companies)deciding what kind of medical care is necessary.
If this is drummed up controversy why is it being piggy backed on an economic stimulus bill? Bah, Bah little Obama/losi/eid sheep. Don’t believe everything you are fed.