During a recent physician education session, participants heard that the price of health care must continue to drop because of continuing changes in the industry, and regional and local factors will affect the adoption of innovation, American Medical Association Wire's Andis Robeznieks wrote recently.
People in certain areas and the economy of such areas will determine how health care changes happen, which will lead to change in different communities at different times, Robeznieks wrote about the session. John Becker, senior vice president of health care consulting company Sg2, said the fight in Congress over the Affordable Care Act is causing uncertainty in health practices throughout America.
Attendees also heard how millennials are changing health care through technology. They prefer to book appointments with their doctors online, and if that's not possible they will find a different provider, Becker said. Becker also predicted that in 10 years one in six doctor visits will be virtual, Robeznieks wrote.