Saturday, January 1, 2011

Healthcare reform again, will it work?

U.S. President Barack Obama announced a plan on Wednesday to spend $5 billion to create new jobs for medical and scientific research, medical supplies and improved laboratory capacity. It he just blowing smoke again to gain new attention or will this reform make it through the Congress?

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The funds, to come from the $787 billion economic stimulus package, will pay for "cutting-edge medical research in every state across America," the White House said in a statement. Of course, can we believe anything truly good will come from our healthcare system?

More than $1 billion of the money will go to genomic research -- studying the DNA map to find causes of diseases and potential new treatments for them, especially cancer.

President Barack Obama's new budget includes more than $1 billion to help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration strengthen its food safety efforts, $6 billion for cancer research and a program to send nurses to the homes of new mothers to check their babies.

The $76.8 billion allocated to the Health and Human Services Department also stresses, as Obama has said before, the adoption of healthcare information technology such as electronic medical records and a controversial plan to compare medical treatments head to head to find what works best.

"Some researchers believe that healthcare costs could be reduced by a stunning 30 percent -- or about $700 billion a year -- without harming quality if we moved as a nation toward the proven and successful practices adopted by the lower-cost areas and hospitals," the budget reads.
What are the chances of this making it through the system?