5). Healthcare law reform will start to take shape
While complete healthcare reform has taken a backseat to other legislative priorities, I still strongly believe comprehensive healthcare reform will make significant progress in 2018. While it remains to be seen if complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or adjustment to existing healthcare law will be accomplished and signed into law this year, President Trump and Congress will be working diligently on a solution for healthcare reform.
In addition, the private sector may also be able to provide some assistance in developing healthcare solutions.
For example, it was recently announced that Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are partnering on ways to address healthcare for their U.S. employees, with the aim of improving employee satisfaction and reducing costs.
Additionally, former CMS administrator Andy Slavitt has launched a new bipartisan nonprofit organization called the United States of Care to ensure access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans regardless of health status, social need or income.
Ultimately, it will take the efforts of all of us as Americans with different backgrounds and skills to solve this issue. I also have some ideas on how to develop our healthcare policy that will be satisfactory to all sides-patients, physicians, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and our government. So, if President Trump, any of our politicians from Congress, or members of these private sector initiatives are reading this article, feel free to call me. That being said, we must have stabilization of the United States healthcare system in order to allow all of us as physicians/ophthalmologists to continue to provide the best healthcare delivery for our patients.
2018 will definitely be a very exciting year for both ophthalmology and healthcare as a whole. As I have done in the past, I look forward to keeping you updated throughout the year!