BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has testified before a congressional committee on the state’s 2006 health law.

Patrick told members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday that while health insurance is universally accessible in Massachusetts, it is not yet universally affordable.

Patrick detailed efforts he and others are undertaking to try to curb spending by instituting a system that rewards doctors and hospitals for improving patient care while limiting expensive but often unnecessary tests.

Patrick has his work cut out for him trying to persuade the Republican-led House of the benefits of the Massachusetts law.

One of the House’s first actions was a vote to repeal President Barack Obama’s national health care law, modeled after the Massachusetts law.

Patrick was attending the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.

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Comments (5)
  1. Joan Hogan says:

    The Riising cost of Health Care Can Be attributed to Many Hospitals And Doctors
    Tring An Integretative Medicine Approach. I Have A Medical Issue That Can Be only Corrected by Surgery , However Certain Doctors @ Brigham And Womens Hospital would rather be Anarchic In the treatment Protocols , Stating to patients that Yoga and exercise will relax you, although not cure you. The Patients get sicker, costing private Insurers And Medicaid And Medicare Money, That Is why Their Is such High Health Care Costs. Traditional Medicine Is the only way to proceed with certain Medical Problems, Attention CMS That Is why Medicaid and Medicare aregoing broke, and also why More Social security Claims Are Processed and approved. Washington Take A good Look at this. This Is why Our Health AnD Human Services Budgets are going Broke.

  2. Mike D. says:

    A big source of medical waste is the fact that many doctors practice “defensive medicine”. That is, practitioners order too many unnecessary tests for patients in fear that they will get sued if they don’t leave every stone unturned. Instead, doctors could be using more common sense & clinically examining the patient (for example, listen to the heart with a stethoscope and look for swelling of extremities before ordering up EKGs, ultrasounds, etc.). Tort reform is needed so that doctors can do their job more cost-effectively.

  3. liz says:

    of course he would. He just doesnt remember how much this costs the taxpayer

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