Obama admits botched online healthcare launch – FT.com

Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection an...

Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a truly amazing, MUST-READ story in the FT. Check it out!

via Obama admits botched online healthcare launch – FT.com.

As I read the article my vision was of President Obama as an insurance salesman saying:

I’ve got just the policy for you!

On a more serious note, it is deeply disturbing that the President of the US needs to intervene because of glitches in a US Government web-site. Maybe the Republicans were right after all?

Let me turn this to an open question:

Should there be a moratorium on the roll-out of Obamacare to permit an independent risk assessment and re-costing of the program?

Any thoughts?

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ICTs and the Health Sector | OECD READ edition

English: Life Expectancy vs Health Care Spendi...

English: Life Expectancy vs Health Care Spending for OECD countries in 2007. The data were downloaded from http://oecd.org and the image was built by Joe Meyer using the Python Imaging Library. See flagscatter.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This link provides some excellent research on latest trends and challenges in Healthcare in OECD countries. It’s a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READ. Check it out!

ICTs and the Health Sector | OECD READ edition.

Personally, I am not a healthcare expert. BUT I am able to see symptoms from failed policy decisions in countries like the UK and the US.

As I have written many times on this blog, here are two predictions.

  1. The UK’s NHS is beyond effective reform and will eventually be replaced by a new UK model of public healthcare, based on best practice in leading countries like Germany.
  2. In the US, Obamacare care will ultimately be a bigger failure than the UK’s NHS; there will be two pivotal weaknesses – the cost of the bureaucracy and the inability to reach the seriously poor for whom it will be too complicated.

Let me turn this to an open question:

Why are OECD governments not following evidence based policy on healthcare, rather than ideology based policy?

Any thoughts?

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