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Is Medical Administration a wasteful expenditure ?

In continuation of my previous blog article: How many Administrators does it take to run a Hospital ?, the brevity and conclusion of which interested me so much that I went deeper into this subject.

A link from that article drew me to an article by Kevin MD on the subject of health care spending.

In India, as in the USA where health care spending is something worrisome, this should make very interesting reading.

It is no secret that there is no love lost between Administrators and Doctors in most institutions.

Usually the Administration claims that the doctors don’t justify the amount being spent on them by the Hospital in terms of salary and other facilities provided. This data seems to point otherwise.

As the final word on this is yet to be spoken, still every bit of more reading I do on this topic seems to affirm the feeling I always had : That I was right

See the link below for an interesting article on what the author thinks about this.

Claims are backed up with some data from US Presidents advisors…

Administration comprises one of the biggest factors for health care waste.

But does health reform do enough to streamline it? It’s doubtful.

Consider the following chart presented by David Cutler, a President Obama advisor:

Health care administration is a source of medical waste

In other words, for every one doctor there are 5 more are employed to do administrative tasks.

And, frankly, it’s ridiculous. As Dr. Cutler says, “There is a lot of money spent doing things that in no other industry do we tolerate.”

Health reformers are hopeful that the money spent for electronic health records and claims processing will cut down on the bureaucracy. But it’s doubtful. Because universal standards for health IT are fragmented and difficult to implement, it’s unlikely that digital systems are a viable answer. If anything, I can see electronic records creating more positions, such as IT support, that will further bloat the administrative side of health care.

This is compounded by the impending transition to ICD-10 — with a 10-fold increase in coding complexity.

Read More Here:

http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2010/04/health-care-administration-source-medical-waste.html#more-43828

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A discussion on Medicine, Social Injustice and Morality…

A Discussion at Research Gate on Medicine and Morality….

Historically, pivotal changes in the practice of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, or nursing have occurred in response to the misery of the human condition. Health conditions such as the Black Plague, the polio epidemic, HIV/AIDS, and war are examples of how human suffering that affected large populations spurred advances in infection control, immunization, pharmacologic therapies, and survival after life-threatening injury.

When poverty or cruelty finally rises to the level of social awareness, political action is taken through Acts of the U.S. Congress. The 1935 Social Security Act, 1946 Mental Health Act, 1964 Civil Rights Act, 1965 Medicare Act, 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, and the 2010 Affordable Care Act are the moments in history when human suffering rose to a level of social consciousness that there was political action. (Source: NIH Almanac Legislative Chronology http://www.nih.gov/about/almanac/historical/legislative_chronology.htm)

more here….http://www.researchgate.net/topic/Medicine/post/When_does_social_injustice_rise_high_enough_in_our_consciousness_that_we_realize_it_is_time_to_act