Get ready to have your mind blown. The Wall Street Journal published a huge piece entitled “The Simple Idea That is Transforming Health Care“. You want to know what that idea is? It is called QUALITY OF LIFE. Confused? Yeah, me too. I thought the objective numbers of cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and so forth was all there was to this job? (Please note the sarcasm). I guess it seems subjective measures of how people feel about their condition and overall well-being are important as well? That’s weird. How do we measure that? The truth is that we can’t. Oh, some idiots will try because they want to justify their job (administration). So now the race is on to jump on this bandwagon.
An independent group that advises the government on health policy, called for a new national action plan to identify programs that help those with chronic illness and the population as a whole “live well”—reflecting “the best achievable state of health that encompasses all dimensions of physical, mental and social well-being.”
If you can explain that sentence then you are a goddamned genius, Private Gump.
To summarize, patients are more than their numbers. They are people. Instead of putting a nail in the coffin to the concept of paying doctors depending on their patients’ numbers this will just add more confusion to the mix by paying doctors’ depending on their patients’ quality of life.