Second, let's assume a few things for the sake of discussion:
- Economics and Quality: Health care quality of care in the U.S. will not change significantly unless the economic model of health care changes to one which financially rewards physicians and hospitals for patient health vs. patient volume.
- CIO Influence: Health care CIOs don't alone have the influence to radically change the economic model of health care.
- Costs are Verboten: Health care is the only service-based business in the U.S. in which the service is provided without any discussion of the scope of costs during the course of the business transaction between the service provider and the consumer. In other words, neither the physician nor the patient have a clue about the true costs of care to the overall system of health care. In fact, discussions of costs prior to treatment are avoided like the plague.