How to pay for single-payer? —With savings from prevention–Vermont House Bill H.12

By Thomas Hall

A strong body of scientific evidence continues to grow supporting the common sense idea that it is far better to prevent diseases from arising in the first place instead of waiting to treat after the patient is suffering.  Alternative and Complementary Medicine (CAM) is an under tapped source of primary prevention. 

The best way to reduce health care costs is to keep people healthy.  Healthy people utilize health care services less (1)Today a diagnosis is required for insurance reimbursement.  Vermont House Bill H.12 (as submitted, rational) would open another path by allowing coverage of evidence-based primary-preventive services.  It can be done now independently of other reforms so that we can start reaping the benefits of improved health and moderated cost.

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Vermont House Bill H.12

AN ACT RELATING TO COVERAGE FOR

COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE SERVICES:

 

Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to require health insurance plans, including Medicaid, to provide coverage for all health care services, including complementary and alternative treatments, if at least two studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals find such services to be safe, to be directly related to statistically significant improvements in individuals’ health status, and to reduce associated medical costs.

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          The savings from adding evidence-based primary prevention (2), not just early detection, will allow all Vermonters to be covered for significantly less than we pay today, when coupled with the other saving sources proposed by Dr. Hsiao. Dr. Hsiao proposed savings from streamlined administration and integrated medicine (3)

          Employers do not have to wait for legislation to reduce their health care costs. They can invest in their employee’s health now at the same time reversing spiraling costs. Some investments have payback periods of less than two years.

References

1) “Healthy People equals Affordable Health Care A $1,500 evidence-based health program saves $11,000” (tinyurl.com/Healthy108)

2) “Health Bill or Rights- A holistic approach (tinyurl.com/HealthRights)

3) “Shumlin already heard of the New Health Care Savings approach (http://tinyurl.com/ShumlinSavings)

4) This document (tinyurl.com/PreventionSavings2)

 

Thomas Hall

Complementary and Alternative Medical Association of Vermont, Cofounder

Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) Advisory Committee, Member

ThomasHall@CAMaVT.org                   CAMaVT.org

 

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

By Thomas Hall

Vermont’s health care reform bill H.202, Green Mountain Care, is moving us in the right direction.  We can create an even healthier Vermont through three additional steps:

  • Become aware of new knowledge and proven solutions that prevent disease from arising.
  • Use the excellent structure of the Green Mountain Care Board to integrate scientifically verified conventional, complementary and alternative medicine.
  • Do less to accomplish more:  Better health and prosperity are the results of a universal and unified health system that can effectively promote health and reduce health care costs.  Adding proven, evidence-based programs that are well documented to both reduce medical costs and improve health gives Vermont the advantage of both.

Today we can take three simple, powerful and practical evidence-based actions in parallel with H.202.  Each simultaneously will improve health and reduce medical expenses: There is abundant scientific evidence that health care costs can drastically be reduced by promoting health and keeping people healthy.

  • Pass the one sentence House Bill H.64 requiring insurance coverage of evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion that reduces medical expenses.  Healthy people reduce total costs.    We can do it now without waiting for other reforms to take effect.
  • Amend H.202/S.57 to include Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) representation on the Green Mountain Care Board Nominating Committee.  This would open the flood gates of new knowledge and field-tested preventative solution into mainstream medicine.  Vermonters have been voting for alternatives with their feet.  They pay for CAM out of pocket in addition to paying for conventional insurance.
  • Include the one-sentence bill H.64 in S.57.

Currently health insurance does not cover prevention-oriented interventions because a diagnosis is required for reimbursement, and there can’t be diagnoses unless a disease is serious enough to show a symptom to diagnose.

“Vermont Holistic Health Care Reform & Complementary and Alternative Medicine” (http://www.PetitionOnline.com/CAM38) is an on-line petition to the Vermont Senate, House and Governor Shumlin. The petition’s purpose is to reverse rising health expenditures and improve the health of all Vermonters.

A Holistic Approach

Our health care crisis and financial crisis will only be resolved when we turn our medical system right-side up by fundamentally changing our thinking.  Einstein said the thinking that got us into this situation is not the thinking to get us out.

That means updating our medical model with new scientific knowledge and recent discoveries, especially those of physics which are changing our worldview, and restore Hippocrates’ teachings:

  • Health promotion and disease prevention are primary and disease management secondary
  • First do no harm

A universal and unified health system has three components: financial, delivery and true prevention.  Green Mountain Care addresses most issues around financing and the delivery of services but neglects the power of true disease prevention i.e. prevent disease from arising.

  • H.202 addresses:
    Universal coverage, single payer, adequate compensation for primary care physicians, efficient and cost-effective system of administration and replace fee-for-service with outcome based payment
  • We should add:
    • more Investment in public health (which historically has provided the largest improvement in health)
    • Integrate the best of conventional, alternative and complementary medicine.
    • True Prevention: Prevent disease before it arises in the first place through evidence-based techniques.  Healthy people are more productive, enjoy life more, utilize health care less and therefore reduce total health care costs.

Systems tend to be self perpetuating with solutions to problems beyond their paradigm.  Meaningful change typically comes from the outside. CAM offers new knowledge and techniques that address problems, often with less or no negative side effects, that conventional medicine calls chronic disease i.e. having no known cure.

For questions and more information e-mail Thomas Hall ThomasHall@alum.mit.edu, visit my blog www.VermontVedicHeath.org and/or read NEW KNOWLEDGE FOR NEW RESULTS: A Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Skyrocketing Medical Costs by Robert E. Herron (Sample pages)

Professor Thomas Hall, ret, Founder
Vermont Vedic Health
802-999-1651
ThomasHall@alum.mit.edu
www.VermontVedicHealth.org

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Representative on the Vermont Green Mountain Care Board Nominating Committee

By Thomas Hall

Vermonters are increasingly seeking alternative approaches to improve their health. They are voting with their feet.  Many are paying out of pocket for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in addition to paying for their conventional insurance.  We need to integrate the best of conventional medicine with the best of CAM to produce a viable system of health care that will improve the health of Vermonters and reduce medical expenses.

As many diverse sources as possible should be represented on the Green Mountain Care Board Nominating Committee.  CAM offers many proven solutions.  A CAM representative on the Nomination Committee will bring new knowledge and proven field-tested solutions to the table.  Someone with experience in integrating complementary, alternative and conventional practices and is committed to representing the CAM community as a whole would be an ideal candidate.

Proposed Amendment to H.202/S.57

§ 9390 (b)(1) is amended to read:

The committee shall consist of 12 members who shall be selected as follows:
The committee shall consist of 11 members who shall be selected as follows:

§ 9390 (b)(1)(I) is inserted to read:

One member representing Complementary and Alternative Medicine, to be appointed by the Complementary and Alternative Medicine community

Professor Thomas Hall, ret, Cofounder
Vermont Complementary and Alternative Medical Association
Vermont Vedic Health
802-999-1651
VtCAMa@Gmail.com
www.VermontVedicHealth.org

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Vermont Independent Green Mountain Care Board Structure

By Thomas Hall

            H.202 as passed by the House offers a great opportunity to accomplish the goal of a healthy Vermont.  The structure of the Vermont independent Green Mountain Care Board created by the Health Care Committee is brilliant, thoughtful and balanced.

The Board is insulated from undue political and stakeholder influence and therefore will have the best interest of Vermonters. 

It includes a Nominating Committee appointed by a wide variety of stakeholders and the Advisory Group with an unspecified or flexible structure.  The Advisory group offers an excellent vehicle to integrate a wide range of new knowledge, experience and proven solutions that are known to reduce medical expenses – the best possible way – by keeping people healthy.

Interpretation of the Board’s structure:

 

1)     The stakeholders as specified in H.202 appoint members of the Nominating Committee.

2)     The Nominating Committee nominates candidates for the Green Mountain Board and supplies a list to the Governor.

3)     The Governor appoints Members to the Board from the list.

4)     The Senate advises the Governor and consents to his appointments.

5)     Once appointed the members can only be removed by cause. 

Therefore the board is independent of undue political and stakeholder pressure and has good chance of representing the best interest of all Vermonters.  The only direct influence of the Governor and the Legislature is the appointment to the Board and removal by cause.

The only direct paths for stakeholder input is for it being a specified stakeholder to appoint a member of the Nominating Committee and if the Board appoints them to the Advisory Committee. 

My proposed amendment to H.202/S57 adds a member to the Nominating Committee appointed by the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) community. A CAM representative on the Nomination Committee is part of a Holistic Approach to health care reform that will bring new knowledge and proven field-tested solutions to the table as discussed in An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Professor Thomas Hall, ret, Founder
Vermont Vedic Health
802-999-1651
ThomasHall@alum.mit.edu
www.VermontVedicHealth.org

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Express your opinion on CAM representation on Health Care Reform Board by March 18

By Thomas Hall

A simple one sentence e-mail or phone call expressing your opinion could do wonders to influence real healthcare reform.  Example “Vermonters would benefit from Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) representation on the Health Care Reform Board.”  This is our opportunity to produce real results.  Please call or email your opinions by Friday March 18th to House Health Care Committee: Loring Starr.  lstarr@leg.state.vt.us  (802) 828-2264

            My CAM question for March 14 public hearing on single-payer H.202:

Governor Peter Shumlin said “We all know there’s huge savings in preventative care.”

Hippocrates said that prevention of disease is primary and treatment is secondary.

How can the Health Care Reform Board be structured under H.202 to include a Complementary and Alternative Medicine expert?   A CAM expert on the board will inject new knowledge and proven solutions to Vermont’s health care reform and will lead to healthier people at less cost.

The Vermont House Committee on Health Care is open to the concept of including a CAM representative on the Health Care Reform Board under H.202.  It is accepting comments until Friday, March 18.

Please gently remind the committee and inspire your friends and associates to do the same now or before the Committee votes on H.202 which could be this week.

For more details:  http://tinyurl.com/CAMboard

This piece: (http://tinyurl.com/CAMboardOpinion)

H.64: “How to pay for single-payer? —With savings from prevention—Vermont House bill H.64” (http://tinyurl.com/PreventionSavings)

Concept: “Healthy People equals Affordable Health Care — A $1,500 evidence-based health program saves $11,000” (tinyurl.com/Healthy108)

Thomas Hall

 Professor Thomas Hall, ret
Founder
Vermont Vedic Health
161 Austin Dr. 38
Burlington, VT 05401
 BSEE Electrical Engineering
MS Nutrition and Biochemistry
802-999-1651
ThomasHall@alum.mit.edu
www.VermontVedicHealth.org
 You might find these web sites interesting, as I do  www.TM.org
www.MUM.edu
www.DoctorsOnTM.org
www.DavidLynchFoundation.org

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CAM representative on the Vermont Health Reform Board

By Thomas Hall

“We all know there’s huge savings in preventative care.”

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin

http://tinyurl.com/ShumlinPrev

 

Integrating new principals and new knowledge with changing who pays for whose disease will produce an affordable and viable system of health.  Below is an open letter to the Complementary and Alternative Medical community to infuse their common principal of health promotion and their evidence-based solutions into Governor Shumlin’s single-payer proposal.

 “Dear CAM Professionals, Researchers and Supporters,

            Thank you for taking the time to read this email.  As you know, Vermont is making health care history.  To insure that the new healthcare system includes Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), I am working with a number of people involved in CAM to organize the Vermont Complementary and Alternative Medicine Association (VCAMA).

            The goal of VCAMA is the integration of all healing modalities to the benefit of all Vermonters including CAM and conventional medicine.  The first steps are to unify CAM providers and supporters and advocate for the appointment of a CAM expert to the VERMONT HEALTH REFORM BOARD formed under the single-payer House Bill H.202.  The Health Care Committee reportedly is open to including a CAM expert.

”It is the intent of the general assembly to create an independent board to develop mechanisms to reduce the per capita rate of growth in health care expenditures in Vermont across all payers for health services.”

H.202, Sec. 3, Page 7 of 80

            The simple, but powerful, one-sentence House Bill H.64  requires health insurance to cover evidence-based CAM services.  Abundant scientific evidence exists that Its implementation could drastically reduce health care cost, the best possible way, by keeping people healthy: 

How to pay for single-payer? —With savings from prevention—Vermont House bill H.64 ” (http://tinyurl.com/PreventionSavings)

 

            Political consultants suggest that the hope for inclusion of H.64 contents into the single-payer bill lies in making sure that there is a CAM provider on the H.202 Board. One said, “I believe the best approach is for the various groups of providers to continue to gently remind the committee of how important it is that they be represented.”

            We need to speak out.  The first opportunity is  Monday March 14th, 6 to 8 PM, the House Health Care and Senate Health and Welfare Committees will hold a joint public hearing on Vermont Interactive Television (V.I.T.) at 15 sites throughout the state in order for Vermonters to express their views about the health care legislation proposed by the Governor (Details) (site nearest  you).  For information about the format of this event or to submit written testimony or your question, call the House Health Care Committee at (802) 828-2264 or email lstarr@leg.state.vt.us

            I suggest that we, CAM supporters, organize a united front, a coordinated letter writing campaign and testify at the hearing.  Please e-mail your State Representative and Mark Larson, Chair, House Health Care Committee, mlarson@leg.state.vt.us, to let them know of our desire to include CAM.  If you have a suggestion for a CAM representative, please let us know

By requesting a CAM representative on the Board, we are letting the Government know how important CAM is to the health of Vermonters.  We invite you to join us in growing an umbrella organization of Vermont CAM professionals and supporters to work together to achieve the goal of CAM as a major component of the new health care system. 

            Please share this letter with your fellow CAM supporter and give us your feedback and suggestions

            Below are some references to background material.

Sincerely,

Thomas Hall

References

            About H.64

 “H.64- Reversing spiraling health care costs- Not just slowing down increase (http://tinyurl.com/H64ReverseCostRise)

            The concept that precipitated H.64 and that employers could reduce health care costs by offering proven prevention-oriented programs:
Healthy People equals Affordable Health Care — A $1,500 evidence-based health program saves $11,000” (tinyurl.com/Healthy108)

            About H.202:

This letter is posted on my blog:

CAM representative on the Vermont Health Reform Board” (http://tinyurl.com/CAMboard)

 

 Professor Thomas Hall, ret
Founder
Vermont Vedic Health
161 Austin Dr. 38
Burlington, VT 05401
 BSEE Electrical Engineering
MS Nutrition and Biochemistry
802-999-1651
ThomasHall@alum.mit.edu
www.VermontVedicHealth.org
 You might find these web sites interesting, as I do  www.TM.org
www.MUM.edu
www.DoctorsOnTM.org
www.DavidLynchFoundation.org

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Most Bang for our Health Care Buck- Help our neediest patients

By Thomas Hall

 

The following by Dr. Herron, Vermont Vedic Health consultant, was submitted as a public comment to the Act 128 draft report.   Also see The New Yorker article The Hot Spotters [2].

 

Center for Health Systems Analysis
Post Office Box 2045
Fairfield, Iowa 52556
Phone: (641) 469-2018
E-mail: rherron@reducemedicalcosts.com

 January 29, 2011

 

Dear Dr. Hsiao:

With regard to House Bill 64, Vermont has an extraordinary opportunity to provide comprehensive health care for all its citizens without raising taxes and without increasing deficits. To achieve this aim, Vermont must re-direct its health investments towards those interventions that are most effective in producing the desired results: the best health at the lowest cost. It is important to identify where we can invest to accomplish this goal.

Only a small percentage of people incur the majority of medical expenses each year. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has found that the 10% of the U.S. population with the highest medical expenses accounted for 60% of total spending. The highest spending 25% incurred 82% of total national health expenditures. On the other hand, the lowest spending 75% of the population accounted for only 18% of total medical expenses.

Approximately half of the highest-cost people are consistently in the top 10% over many years. Scientific research has found that these people tend to be older, have several chronic diseases, and have numerous health-damaging habits, such as poor diet, obesity, tobacco use, sedentary lifestyle, heavy alcohol consumption, etc. This phenomenon has tremendous implications for Vermont’s health policy.

By providing scientifically proven, cost-cutting interventions to the consistent highest-spending people, Vermont can leverage large decreases in state health expenditures.

To implement this strategy successfully, it is important to identify which scientifically proven, cost-cutting interventions provide the most “bang for the buck” ― the most improved health at the lowest cost. Scientific research shows that certain forms of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) can enhance health more effectively and cost-effectively than conventional medicine alone (see attached e-book: New Knowledge for New Results- [3] (http://tinyurl.com/NewKnowledge).  

Research has found that chronic stress and depression are major contributors to chronic diseases and unhealthy lifestyles. Certain CAM interventions can dramatically reduce stress, decrease unhealthy lifestyles, and improve health, which also cuts medical expenses. Since the scientifically proven value of CAM is not widely known, New Knowledge for New Results explains how and why it is possible for CAM to significantly improve health and reduce medical costs. There has been a quiet, but major shift in the medical paradigm.

Some forms of CAM, such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, and the Transcendental Meditation technique, have been extensively researched by scientists worldwide. These scientifically verified interventions could help provide an effective and cost cutting solution to high medical expenses and the epidemic of chronic diseases. Approximately 80% of national medical expenditures are spent treating chronic diseases for which conventional medicine has no cure, only treatment of some symptoms. Yet, most health insurance provides little or no coverage for CAM interventions that has been scientifically verified to improve health and reduce medical costs.

This is why Vermonters request that any modality that has peer-reviewed, published scientific research showing that it is effective in improving health and reducing costs be fully covered by health insurance, whether it is complementary and alternative medicine or conventional medical care. Your help in expediting the passage of Vermont House Bill 64 would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Robert E. Herron, Ph.D.

Director

1)         This piece is also posted on my blog www.VermontVedicHealth.org

2)         NEW KNOWLEDGE FOR NEW RESULTS: A Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Skyrocketing Medical Costs by Robert E. Herron, Ph.D., MBA, Fairfield, IA: 1st World Publishing, 2008.  (http://tinyurl.com/NewKnowledge)

3)         The Hot Spotters Can we lower medical costs by giving the neediest patients better care? by Atul Gawande, The New Yorker, January 24, 2011 (http://tinyurl.com/HotSpotters)

 Professor Thomas Hall, ret
Founder
Vermont Vedic Health
161 Austin Dr. 38
Burlington, VT 05401
 BSEE Electrical Engineering
MS Nutrition and Biochemistry
802-999-1651
ThomasHall@alum.mit.edu
www.VermontVedicHealth.org
 You might find these web sites interesting, as I do  www.TM.org
www.MUM.edu
www.DoctorsOnTM.org
www.DavidLynchFoundation.org

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H.64- Reversing spiraling health care costs- Not just slowing down increase

By Thomas Hall

Passing Vermont House Bill H.62 is one thing that we can do today that will start us on the path of actually reversing the upward spiral of health care costs, not just slowing down how fast health care costs rise.  A side benefit will be healthier Vermonters.

H.62 addresses rising ill health and chronic disease, the underlying causes of rising cost.  This one sentence bill requires health insurance to fully cover evidence-based prevention-oriented services and programs that also reduce medical costs.  This includes Complementary and Alternative Medicine services that reverse disease or prevent disease from arising in the first place. There is a substantial and growing body of research on the effectiveness of Chiropractic care, Acupuncture and the Transcendental Meditation program.

Current law requires a diagnosis.  If a disease is prevented there can be no diagnosis.  Anything that prevents disease is therefore excluded from coverage by insurance to the detriment of Vermonters health.

To read the bill: “How to pay for single-payer? —With savings from prevention—Vermont House bill H.64 (http://tnyurl.com/PreventionSavings)

This piece is posted on my blog: http://tinyurl.com/H64ReverseCostRise

Thomas Hall

 Professor Thomas Hall, ret
Founder
Vermont Vedic Health
161 Austin Dr. 38
Burlington, VT 05401
 BSEE Electrical Engineering
MS Nutrition and Biochemistry
802-999-1651
ThomasHall@alum.mit.edu
www.VermontVedicHealth.org
 You might find these web sites interesting, as I do  www.TM.org
www.MUM.edu
www.DoctorsOnTM.org
www.DavidLynchFoundation.org

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Prevention and Cost Reduction – Gov. Shumlin on VPT

By Thomas Hall

 

“We all know there’s huge savings in preventative care.”

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin

         

 This is one of the questions that Governor Shumlin responded to from the audience of Kristin Carlson’s Public Square – “Town Hall with the Governor” on Vermont Public Television, Thursday 1/20/11, 8 PM

Kristin Carlson:

One more question on health care.  I think Thomas had a question on health care I know the Governor is still working out his plans.  Not a lot of detail still I know.  What is your question on health care?

Thomas Hall:

Thank you for serving as our governor and in politics for a life time for Vermont.  It is great.  My question is a new one:

“Do you support the concept of preventing disease before it arises in addition to just doing what we now call prevention, which is just early detection?“

There is an abundant amount of scientific evidence that by funding cost-effective prevention-oriented programs that are scientifically validated to work, that we can cut health care costs in half.  This is in addition to the other savings that Hsiao has suggested…[House Bill H.64]: with this one bill which is independent of any other health care [reform measures], we can implement this program today.  Thank you.

Gov. Shumlin:

You know I’m a big believer in a system that pays providers for keeping you healthy as opposed to the number of tests, the number of procedures we run you through. That’s what this whole plan is about.

There are really three components to the report that Dr. H came back with that are going to save us a ton of money if we are smart enough to make it work.  The first is the billing process that we put on a card, for every one in the plan, their health care records.  You also immediately pay your bill, your share of the bill when you come out of the provider’s office.  That takes away the 8 – 10 cents we waste chasing money around in the system. 

The second piece is to use that same technology to ensure that the health care provider that is making you healthier and knows what the last provider did to you.  So you are not sitting there duplicating tests and the waste that we currently have in the system. 

And the third is your point.  It is going to take the longest to get to but it is to be the first state in the country that pays providers for keeping you healthy, instead of for the amount of things that they do to you.  We all know there’s huge savings in preventative care.  That’s the cheapest place to spend the money and it’s also produces the healthiest population.  So that’s very much a part of our plan and if we can go to what we call outcomes based medicine and outcomes based reimbursement that’s what we are talking about.  We will lead the rest of the country and we will save Vermonters a ton of money and we will keep them healthier.  

http://video.vpt.org/video/1757153899/

Time in program:  From 24:21 min to 26:57 min

 

By Thomas Hall

www.VermontVedicHealth.org

 

 

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Shumlin already heard of the New Health Care Savings approach

By Thomas Hall

 

 

Vermont Vedic HealthVermont Governor Elect Peter Shumlin said at the
Vermont Business Magazine’s Rising Star Award Dinner
that he had heard from his fellow legislators about the concept:

  

Healthy People equals Affordable Health Care

 

From left to right

John Boutin, Publisher,

            Vermont Business Magazine

Mark Hall, Rising Star

Jim Douglas, Vermont Governor

 

From left to right

Thomas Hall,   Proud Father

Peter Shumlin, Vermont Governor Elect

Mark Hall, Rising Star

   

 

Substantial scientific evidence exists that funding evidence-based health promotion significantly reduces health care costs by keeping people healthy.  This approach, by reducing health care utilization, will go a long way in answering the question of how to pay for a single-payer system.

 “What would the savings be from funding evidence-based health promotion?”  I asked this during the public comment section of the Vermont Health Care Reform Commission’s December 14, 2010 meeting.  The Commission referred the question to their consultant and single payer expert Harvard Professor Dr. William Hsiao.  Hsiao was there to give a progress report on “Act 128: Update on Health System Design and Macro-economics Model”. 

During his presentation Dr. Hsiao covered the savings from payer reform and integrated medicine but did not mention health promotion.  These are the three areas I listed in my op-ed piece “Health Bill or Rights- A holistic approach” (tinyurl.com/HealthRights).

I distributed to the Commissioners copies of my concept “Healthy People equals Affordable Health Care– A $1,500 evidence-based health program saves $11,000” (tinyurl.com/Healthy108).  I also gave them my piece “Reversing the Deficit by Keeping People Healthy- Save $10 Trillion” (tinyurl.com/HealthReversesDeficit).

The meeting was videotaped by VT Digger who posted an excellent online article with video clips (Vermont Health Care Committee 12/14/10 or tinyurl.com/HCRC01).

After the meeting Dr. Hsiao said he had referred my “e-mail on Transcendental Mediation®” to his staff.  I had sent my concept piece to him the day before and also to the other two consultants on the team, Dr. Jonathan Gruber and Steve Kappel,

Professor Thomas Hall, retFounderVermont Vedic Health

161 Austin Dr. 38

Burlington, VT 05401

BSEE Electrical EngineeringMS Nutrition and Biochemistry802-999-1651

ThomasHall@alum.mit.edu

www.VermontVedicHealth.org

You might find these web sites interesting, as I do www.TM.org             www.MUM.edu www.DoctorsOnTM.orgwww.DavidLynchFoundation.org

 

 

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