Thank New York City for Tying Doctor Salaries to the Quality of Care Delivered

Target: Mr. Alan Aviles, President of New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation

Goal: Thank New York City’s public hospitals for rewarding quality instead of quantity in doctors’ salaries

The United States’ traditional model of health care rewards doctors for the volume of patients they see a day and the number of tests and services they request for those patients. While this model has long been the norm in health care, it has also been criticized for encouraging doctors to order an unnecessary amount of tests. Many patients believe that the system of rewarding quantity rather than quality of care is detrimental to good patient outcomes. To address these concerns, New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation has decided to base doctors’ salaries on patient wellness, rather than quantity of patients seen. Thank New York public hospitals for putting patient health first.

This new proposal appears to be a part of a nationwide effort to push away from doctor-centered medical care. Many hospitals have long been preparing for this new style of medicine as the Affordable Health Care Act will require hospitals to tie doctor salaries partly to patient complaints, discharge time, and how they fare after discharge. New York, however, has gone beyond the effects of the Affordable Health Care Act and has made doctors directly responsible for treatment.

New York City’s plan has been called a bold experiment to better healthcare. It is hoped that this way of treating patients will give more power to poor and more vulnerable patients who do not receive adequate healthcare. While details are still being negotiated with the doctors’ union, it is believed an agreement will be reached shortly. Some doctors are concerned that they will be penalized for conditions they cannot control. However, it is hoped that increased attentiveness will help limit disease. Thank New York City for trying to make patient care the number one priority of the health care system.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Alan Aviles,

Lately there has been a lot of discussion about the United States’ health care system and how it can be improved to better serve patients. In light of the Affordable Health Care Act and changing ideas about how to treat patients, New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation has taken a bold step towards returning doctors’ primary focus to their patients’ needs.

Some of the factors that may go into consideration include things like preventing patient obesity, giving lectures, achieving additional training, and working to lower the smoking rate of their patients. Efforts like this are crucial to delivering high quality care. Thank you for helping New York improve health care and putting the needs of patients first.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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