Bill Schubart: It’s past time to rethink how Vermont health care is evolving

Rutland Regional Medical Center is asking for an 18% increase in commercial insurance rates; at right, the University of Vermont Medical Center is asking for a 20% increase. Photos by Emma Cotton and Glenn Russell/VTDigger

I was asked recently if there was a simple way to keep track of how our health care system measures up. My “simple” answer was, “Yes, count the number of people in emergency rooms, homeless shelters and jail cells.”

I was, in fact, answering a different question focused on “population health” rather than the success or failure of the health care system itself.

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