Vermont’s governor and legislative leaders are laying the
groundwork for a single payer system that would be unlike anything other states have
attempted. It’s raised many questions
about how such a system would be run, and how it would be paid for.
Marathon Health of Colchester works with larger companies around the country to contain health care costs by assigning "health care coaches" to employees. One of the companies they work with is Pizzagalli Construction of Vermont.
While there’s strong disagreement over proposals for universal health care, there’s no question that controlling costs is key. We look at various strategies to do that. Also, a Colchester company advises large employers on how to contain health care costs by assigning "health care coaches."
Dr. Elliot Fisher, Director of Population Health and Policy at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, discusses the physician’s role in the health system overhaul, and the challenges doctors face in adapting to new approaches to how we deliver and pay for health care.
Vermonters will see significant changes in health care over the next several years, but there are many questions about what that means for patients and for doctors. The bill being debated now in the legislature lays the groundwork for a single payer system. But the changes would happen gradually. The second installment of Vital Signs examines the initial steps.
Vermont’s health care experiment is unlike any other approach, but there
are lessons to be learned from what other states have tried. Vermont Edition’s "Vital Signs" series looks at the context of what Vermont is attempting.