Blue Cross/Blue Shield Executive Overlooks a Major Cost of Health Care

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In last week's New York Times, the reporter, Elizabeth Olson, writes about an interview with Scott Serota, the president and chief executive of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association. She questioned him about ways to improve U.S. health care and limit costs. His answers showed clearly how he defends the highly lucrative health insurance industry.

He appears to have limited understanding of what we could really do to improve our health care and also decrease the cost.

It has been well documented that one-third of health care costs in this country are due to high administrative costs. It would be interesting to know Mr.Serota's salary and those of his fellow administrators. Other countries, such as France, have outstanding health care for everyone and yet their adminstrative costs are far less than our country.


France provides much better health care than we have in the U.S. We rank 27th on the list of industralized nations as to the quality of our health care. Our infant mortality is also much higher than many other industralized countries.

Until we take health care control out of the hands of the insurance industry, our health care costs will continue to rise and our quality will continue to deteriorate. Yes, we have some outstanding physicians and health care workers, but many of the good ones are leaving due to inadequate compensation for the risks they take and the enormous amount of paper work and restrictions.

I did an interesting interview with Dr Carter Multz, the author of the book, Mismanaged Health Care. He gave some excellent ways we could improve our U.S. health care and also markedly decrease costs. The interview is available at

Reported by Dr. Thompson's Blog.