Your recent article about forthcoming health-care insurance reform ("Clinic digs in heels for health reform," July 15) pointed out one area of reform not specifically discussed in the article: cost reduction.
Under the new reform, over time, medical records will be automated and reduce the need for the duplication of procedures for the same outcome. Through the example of Sonia Munguia's breast cancer treatment, she went to Tijuana for a mammogram, and when she returned to Huntington Beach, she was required to have another mammogram.
This is a duplication of procedures that drives up costs. Having electronic medical records avoids unnecessary duplication of procedures. Another cost reducer in the reform is the emphasis on preventative care, which will drive down costs of the uninsured presenting themselves to emergency room treatment for illnesses best treated in a clinic or doctor's office.