The Affordable Care Act places the future of health care in the hands of doctors and patients rather than insurance companies, according to remarks made Wednesday by an internationally known health care expert.
Dr. Donald M. Berwick, former administrator of the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs and founder of the Institute for Health Care Improvement, spoke about the opportunities and challenges of the ACA at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.
“We’re facing a number of serious obstacles to health care reform, including the national and global economy and the approaching ‘fiscal cliff’ of the national debt,” Berwick said. “Private-sector business owners and labor unions tell me they are now unified because increased wages have gone to health care, eating up all our opportunity for growth.”
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