State Wouldn't Be Inept At Health Care Douglas A. Kramer

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I disagree with the Sept. 22 letter to the editor “Our state would be inept at health care.”

Recently, Wisconsin had one of the best health care systems of any state. With a mixture of traditional indemnity plans, HMOs and government insurance plans, Wisconsin had one of the lowest uninsured rates in the country. We had BadgerCare, ElderCare and other varieties of medical assistance.

Most importantly, it was easy for patients with pre-existing illnesses to obtain affordable coverage through the Health Insurance Risk Sharing Plan (HIRSP).

I often wondered why former U.S. Sens. Russ Feingold, D-Middleton, and Herb Kohl, D-Milwaukee, did not propose health care reform based on the Wisconsin system. 

The letter writer might be correct that block grants to the states would fail, but Wisconsin would not be “inept at health care.” We were one of the best in the country seven years ago. 

Cost-effective health care is the natural product of high-quality health care. I suggest we be careful of apparently easy top-down plans. They are likely favored by corporate medicine, big insurance and big pharma.

Patients tell me that high quality care involves “actually listening and actually conversing.” A decentralized approach is our best option.

Dr. Douglas A. Kramer, Middleton

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