Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Speaker – Dr. Beth Haynes
Previously in private practice with board certification in both Family Practice and Emergency Medicine, Dr. Haynes has been working full time in health care policy for the past four years. She obtained her MD from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine and her residency training at University of Wisconsin in Madison.
She also volunteers a Senior Health Policy Analyst and Executive Board Member for Docs4PatientCare, an Executive Board Member of the Dr. Joseph Warren Institute and is founder and president of the Black Ribbon Project. She has served as National Co-Chair of Doc Squads, a project to recruit and train doctors to lead the public health care debate. Dr. Haynes has published several op-eds in TownHall.com, PJ Media and the American Thinker and frequently speaks to citizen and professional groups on health care policy, the ACA and the ethics and economics of medicine.
Topic – protecting the Future of Medicine: The Importance of Engaging Physicians-in-training
Dr. Haynes’ remarks focused on the Benjamin Rush Institute’s mission in medical education today, citing the long-standing need for integrating the ideas of free markets and profit into the health care policy curriculum. To set the stage for her remarks, Dr. Haynes cited recent studies on medical student opinions that showed while 40% of students admit to not knowing much about the Affordable Care Act, and while more than half are concerned about declining quality of health care, fully 80% of these same survey participants support the ACA. This dichotomy, she comments, underscore the absence of a complete understanding of the broader subject of health care systems and basic economics.
In introducing the topic of economics in the health care industry, Dr. Haynes cited Economist Kenneth Arrow’s publication Uncertainty and the Welfare Economics of Medical Care and its position that medicine and health care do not lend themselves to free market oversight, suggesting that their unique attributes are better managed through government intervention and regulatory oversight. To some degree, she observes, this type of thinking is rooted in a prejudice that profits in medicine exploit the sick, and therefore are immoral and do not belong in medicine.
With these broad principles serving as part of the foundation of medical education, Dr. Haynes suggests there is a critical need for greater balance in academic discourse on health care. She explains the purpose and mission of the Benjamin Rush Institute as being just that—to bring a broader spectrum of perspectives and evidence into the educational forum. Where social justice and social engineering precepts currently dominate, the Institute advocates the doctor-patient relationship as being the primary tenet in medical ethics. Dr. Haynes described the work that the Institute is doing on campuses nationwide as fostering informed dialogue through debates and lectures within its 20 chapters across the country.
Dr. Haynes also stresses the importance of messaging and communications. The Institute aims to stimulate interactions that reach the hearts and minds of not only their immediate constituency, but the entire health care audience at large. She notes that the embracing of universal health care as espoused by the ACA has accomplished this, but without answering the question “But at what cost?” The medical community in general, she suggests, has this same vision of health care for all, but disagrees on how that goal can be achieved.
Dr. Haynes closed her remarks with a discussion on medical technology and the state of the art today, noting that while medical excellence is imminent, the cost remains prohibitive. The path to achieving affordability, she suggests, is through free enterprise (which is really a type of “crowd sourcing”) and removing the legal and regulatory obstacles to innovation that currently block the discovery and implementation of practical solutions to many of today’s problems. The best way to achieve progress in this regard is to promote access to free enterprise profit and loss as the driver of innovation and affordability.
The remarks delivered by Dr. Haynes at the 2014 AMAC Health Care Symposium are available on-demand through the AMAC Network, a service of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
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