Your Predictions For Health Care In 2012?

O come, all ye faithful readers of CommonHealth, and share with us your predictions of what will happen in health care in 2012. This is a fascinating moment in medicine; many in the trenches say they’ve never seen so much change in health care — or at least, not for a generation. So what can we reasonably expect to happen in the inevitably eventful year to come???

Please send us your couple-three top predictions for either the national health care scene or Massachusetts or both. Please click on “Get In Touch” below rather than posting them in the comments below this post; that way they’ll be fresh when we publish them, along with predictions from experts, on Monday.

Whoever gets the most popular support for a prediction will get a WBUR prize. And the best part: At the end of 2012, we’ll look back at the predictions and award a booby prize for the prediction that was farthest off…

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  • Monica160

    in regards to the current and 2012 health care issue i believe as non-insured citizen that i am almost held back from any type of coverage because my full time working status would not compensate the coverage that i need, but in other circumstances non-working citizens get almost catered to the need of a cold 

  • JaneQPublic

    Top 3 predictions:
    1. The Supreme Court will uphold the Affordable Care Act
    2. Massachusetts legislature will pass a comprehensive payment reform law in 2012 which ultimately will have unintended consequences
    3. 2012 will see people focusing more on prevention, wellness and responsibility for one’s own health care

  • Reasonable?

    I predict that health care cost will continue to rise in MA even with ACO’s in the picture (though perhaps at a slower rate than the rest of nation).  Vertically organized health care systems like Atrius and Steward will begin to show early signs of increasing quality while reducing costs.    They will begin to out pace loosely coupled ACO’s like Partners and BIDMC.  Simultaneously physicians and nurses will complain that the vertical health care organizations are eroding their automony and benefits.  The rest of nation will be confused as to what this means about health care reform. 

  • Aaron Smith

    Medicare is increasingly mounting as baby boomers start hitting
    retirement. The amount of money coming in is less than exiting, and as
    such, it is perceived that the current generation of taxpayers does not
    receive social security for 2012.

    The report by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation shows that federal taxpayers would save billions if the Medicare insurance eligibility age, now 65, is increased in two years. Nevertheless, people of 65 and 66 employers – together with the states, Medicare beneficiaries and even some younger families – to see a domino effect in addition to their costs. see more :

  • star1234

    I predict Obamacare will be rejected, but by then, we will all be so sick of it, we will NEED it!
    I predict if it is not rejected, no one will have $700 to pay the fine. No gold slabs, either.
    I predict that stopping paying for so many MRIs will not make a whit of difference in health, though it will cut into Valium sales.
    I predict they will find more ways to tell if a person’s body chemistry will be compatible with a drug and benefit from it before pumping it into people.
    I predict all this solicitousness–sending a doctor to your house to assess your wellness, a nurse to call you about your pill taking–will result in a booming sign and ringtone business saying: “Please leave me alone to die in peace. Thank you. Oh, and if I don’t die, I will get back to you.”
    I predict more gimmicky parts like “left knee replacement units” and “superfragilistic stents” will fail–resulting in more surgeries, tort actions, and PAIN!
    I predict that instead of dieting, everyone will get a govt-supplied copy of PhotoShop and call it a day.

    Did I win?