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"The bill’s health rules will affect “every individual in the United States” (445, 454, 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. Having electronic medical records at your fingertips, easily transferred to a hospital, is beneficial. It will help avoid duplicate tests and errors.
But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”
Originally posted by GirlNextDoor
And the Bloomberg article sites page numbers. Time to start reading for ourselves.
H.R.1 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by House) `Subtitle A--Promotion of Health Information Technology `SEC. 3001. OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL COORDINATOR FOR HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. `
(a) Establishment- There is established within the Department of Health and Human Services an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (referred to in this section as the `Office'). The Office shall be headed by a National Coordinator who shall be appointed by the Secretary and shall report directly to the Secretary. `
(b) Purpose- The National Coordinator shall perform the duties under subsection (c) in a manner consistent with the development of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure that allows for the electronic use and exchange of information and that--
`(1) ensures that each patient's health information is secure and protected, in accordance with applicable law; `
(2) improves health care quality, reduces medical errors, reduces health disparities, and advances the delivery of patient-centered medical care;
`(3) reduces health care costs resulting from inefficiency, medical errors, inappropriate care, duplicative care, and incomplete information; `(4) provides appropriate information to help guide medical decisions at the time and place of care; `
(5) ensures the inclusion of meaningful public input in such development of such infrastructure;
`(6) improves the coordination of care and information among hospitals, laboratories, physician offices, and other entities through an effective infrastructure for the secure and authorized exchange of health care information; `
(7) improves public health activities and facilitates the early identification and rapid response to public health threats and emergencies, including bioterror events and infectious disease outbreaks;
`(8) facilitates health and clinical research and health care quality; `(9) promotes prevention of chronic diseases; `(
10) promotes a more effective marketplace, greater competition, greater systems analysis, increased consumer choice, and improved outcomes in health care services; and `
(11) improves efforts to reduce health disparities.
(C) OTHER AREAS FOR CONSIDERATION- In making recommendations under subparagraph (A), the HIT Policy Committee may consider the following additional areas: `
(i) The appropriate uses of a nationwide health information infrastructure, including for purposes of-- `(
I) the collection of quality data and public reporting; `
(II) biosurveillance and public health; `
(III) medical and clinical research; and `
(IV) drug safety.
SEC. 3010. AUTHORIZATION FOR APPROPRIATIONS.
`There is authorized to be appropriated to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to carry out this subtitle $250,000,000 for fiscal year 2009.'.
Originally posted by jibeho
`(4) provides appropriate information to help guide medical decisions at the time and place of care; `
Read them and weep. Especially #4
Originally posted by Jenna
So basically some board somewhere will get to decide who gets what treatment if any. I'm sure a group of people, at least some of whom most likely won't have any medical training whatsoever, who have never personally examined someone have a better idea about what treatment and testing that person should receive than their own doctor.