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January 30, 2008

Bush promotes healthcare IT in State of the Union speech

The Health Blog at the WSJ online analyzes the President remarks during Monday's State of the Union Address. "...President Bush devoted 159 words to health care in his 5,757-word State of the Union swan song...." Quoting Bush:

To build a future of quality health care, we must trust patients and doctors to make medical decisions and empower them with better information and better options. We share a common goal: making health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans. The best way to achieve that goal is by expanding consumer choice, not government control. So I have proposed ending the bias in the tax code against those who do not get their health insurance through their employer.

The use of the word "consumer" is used on purpose, I suppose, to emphasize the active role that patient must assume in making a patient-oriented system take hold. Some of us go to great pains to research and analyze our purchasing decisions when it comes to digial cameras or smartphones, it would be wise to take the same approach to our healthcare choices.

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