First of all, I’d like to welcome you to my new blog site devoted solely to health policy. I’m currently a graduate student in health administration, and I’ve also spent years working in the health care industry in areas ranging from revenue cycle management to health insurance to my current job in the public health / information technology world. There are a lot of people out there who know more than I do about these things, and a lot has been written over the years. But I’ve picked up a thing or two myself, and I’d like to share.
But isn’t this topic something that should be left in the halls of academia instead of subjecting poor, unsuspecting readers like you to jargon like “Quality-Adjusted Life Years” and “Adverse Selection Death Spiral?”
I mean, why should academics and graduate students be the only ones who have to be bored by this? I say, “Share the misery.”
But seriously. I’m writing about this topic because I sincerely believe you need to read about it. And it doesn’t really matter who YOU are. Because no matter what we study in school, no matter what we do for a living, we’re all a part of this system. We all will receive health care at some point in our lives. Plus, some of us vote, and there’s no more contentious political issue today than reforming our health care system.
We all have a stake in what happens, and the more we know, the better off we’ll all be. So let’s get started.