In another of what is to be many, many, many policy-related article aboot Gov. Bobby Jindal (at least up until he says “yay” or “nay” to 2012), this one gives his healthcare reform in Louisiana a favourable review:
The department’s theme has been improving health outcomes; avoiding waste, fraud and abuse; and providing transparency. DHH has been forthcoming, timely, transparent and cognitive to Louisiana citizen’s needs. Louisianans are taking steps toward having a true health team representing their greatest medical needs also known as a “medical home” or a “Coordinated Care Network.”
Many Louisiana community pharmacists have embraced and practiced the “medical home” concept for decades. The ability to communicate with the patient and with the physician or other providers has offered substantial benefit and improved health conditions. We have engaged in medication therapy and disease state management and have seen such activity offer measurable success for patients and others.
Healthcare seems to be for Jindal what energy policy is for Sarah Palin. He has a B.A. in Biology from Brown University and started his political career on the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals in 1996. It’s also a tricky issue for Republicans to sell to voters and convince them that our free market approach (albeit a reformed one) is better than the Democrat plan of encouraging moral hazards buy saying the government will pay for everything.
Gov. Jindal is a Rhodes Scholar and a superb communicator, plus has the pedigree to back it up. The more I ready lately, the more I’m setting myself up to be disappointed four years from now when he says, “Well, maybe 2016.”