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"It's Like A Food Co-op." Dr. Ores said...

"...(e)xcept it’s health care." From today's New York Times;
"Dr. David Ores is also a physician who runs a nonprofit health care cooperative for city restaurant workers that he sees as a model for how national health care could work.

"Under the plan, he charges each restaurant a dollar each month for every seat in the establishment and pools the money. In return, any employee from those restaurants can visit him free of charge, whether for a cut finger or the flu."
The Takeaway: Think about being given a completely blank slate and no preconditions, with nothing off-limits. How would you create a brand-new health system - affordable, humane, appropriate, accessible?

Would Dr. Ores' model fit? Let's see...along with keeping my salads free of coughs and germs, it's inexpensive, uncomplicated, timely and easy to implement. Nah. It'll never make it into a national model.


Frankly, I'm surprised he hasn't yet run afoul of New York's Insurance Commissioner for offering a variant on a capitated model without the proper licenses.

Another innovative model here.


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