Tuesday, January 15, 2013

TMA President-Elect Discusses Today’s Troubling Health Care Climate

“Doctors desperately want to take care of patients. We are not looking for a paycheck; we are answering a calling,” said Stephen Brotherton, MD, president-elect of the Texas Medical Association (TMA). “But there are regulatory burdens that are getting in the way of that.”

In the final installment of a four-part program on health care by the McCuistion Program in Dallas, Dr. Brotherton joined Michael Deegan, MD, DM, clinical professor of Health Care Leadership and Innovation at the University of Texas Dallas, to discuss the challenges patients and their doctors face in the present health care system. The segment was featured on KERA-TV, the Dallas/Fort Worth PBS affiliate, and is available to watch online.

When host Dennis McCuistion asked if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will alleviate the troubles plaguing health care today, Dr. Brotherton replied, “The more you put the government in charge of things like [health care] the less well it works. They haven’t solved anything yet and in fact they’ve mucked up the works pretty well.”

Watch Drs. Brotherton and Deegan discuss how increasing red tape; regulatory burdens; government bureaucracy; and problems with Medicare, Medicaid, and workers' compensation create barriers to quality patient care.

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