Q&A with Harold Luft, director of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute

In part 1 of 2, Luft talks about health care reform, mandatory coverage and improving care

In the following edited Q&A with the Weekly, which will continue in next week's edition, Luft offers a glimpse into the health care system and explains the key components of his SecureChoice plan.

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Posted by George Savage
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 4, 2009 at 10:42 pm

One question? How many health industry corporations or foundations currently fund all or part of Mr. Luft's Institute?

Keeping private insurance in medical care is nonsense, and every professional knows that this is where we must start if we hope to turn our system around.

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Posted by YSK
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 5, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Amusing interview. I got a chuckle. In 2001, September tenth actually, I went to PAMC urgent care, chest pains. I figured it was stress, but wanted to be certain. I had workers comp to cover me, no health insurance. PAMC refused service. I went home, my dad freaked out. Said go back. I did, was again, refused service. He then called the clinic, talked to a top person there, said that if I was of a certain demographic, they would have seen me, no problem. The guy admitted that was true. Said I could come back, as long as my dad put down his credit card as a deposit hold. The attitude of the staff was pretty much what you would expect toward me, a member of the Great Unwashed. I was seen for ten minutes, had an ekg, and was shooed off to Stanford. This whole short b.s. visit was over $500. Palo Alto Clinic, nice gig if you can get in.

P.S.? My daughter had health insurance through her job, until deliberate machinations by the employer with hours put her at a quarter hour short of eligibility. Report for your shift, be sent home early, called off etc. Happened to her and several other employees. Way to offer insurance but keep cost down. Anyway, I was by now a patient at our lovely County hospital, and I would accompany my daughter to PAMC. Interestingly, with an appointment, the wait to get in to see a doctor at PAMC was three times longer than at the County run hospital.

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Posted by johnmayer76
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 8, 2009 at 1:57 am

Are you uninsured in America? You should check out the website Web Link - John Mayer, California

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