Laura Ingraham hosted Dr. Cosgrove of the Cleveland Clinic, authof of The Cleveland Clinic Way.
Cosgrove said he's glad to see people have health care coverage. He said it's too early to tell how the Affordable Care Act is affecting medicine. He sees people foregoing treatment due to higher deductibles. He said the health care cost rate has gone down due to high deductible insurance, Obamacare and the economy.
Cosgrove said almost all facilities have electronic medical records which are available to patients. He said the electronic records can improve quality if not efficiency and will help patients to understand their health situation, even as it isn't a perfect system. He said paper files can be more insecure than electronic records.
Cosgrove spoke of his military experience in Vietnam where he feels he grew and learned a great deal in dealing with casualties with a short staff, operating at the top of their capabilities. He favors people working at the top of their skill level. He also learned a lot about transporting patients at various levels, learning that not all hospitals have to do everything for all people. He's applied these lessons at the Cleveland Clinic where there are specialized clinics and sophisticated transportation system to get patients where they need to be.
Costrove said they are opening a clinic in Abu Dhabi. He said he's not operating anymore but keeps learning about management even as he misses surgery.