The drumbeat for addressing the high cost of medical care in the United States is growing louder and more insistent. The New York Times weighed in today with an editorial entitled “The High Cost of Health Care.” Unlike most recent comments on the need to control health care costs (including mine, yesterday) the Times offers a laundry list of ideas for addressing the problem.
Not all the ideas are new or startling. Kaiser Chairman and CEO George Halverson offers some of the same ideas in his recent book, “Health Care Reform Now!, A Prescription for Change.” And some are already a part of the various health care reform bills bouncing around Sacramento.
Further, the Times recognizes that some of it’s suggestions would take years to implement. This doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be tried, but it does mean the time to start is now. All of which makes the Times piece worthy reading. This is especially true for California lawmakers who, if they unable to come up with a comprehensive health care reform package, would do well to consider enacting a package of widely supported cost containment measures as an alternative to accomplishing nothing.