You've forgotten a huge one in this area. Free medical care for
any and all. As long as they aren't from the US or working for a
living. We have piles of people flown in from all over the world
with their med hx and the cab fare to the hospital. Or the ones
who come to visit every time the want free drugs and hot & cold
Dave in Fairfax
Health care - no matter what form it took, has always been a "profit
center". Even the family doctor of old who holds such an emotional place in
our imaginations, was in it for the profit. Profit all by iteslf is not
contrary to good health care.
I would be inclined to agree that malpractice is not the problem the health
care industry would have us believe. Certainly, there is some problem
within that industry which the industry should be held accountable to and
for which significant awards have been made, but like you, I question what
percentage of the take this really represents.
Not so sure I agree with this point at all.
Insurance companies have *always* been a for profit venture. They did this
by spreading risk, but it has always been for the purpose of profit and not
for any other reason.
Alas - the fundamental principle of profit. Not so different from what
everyone with a 401K expects from the companies that their money is invested
hanging quarantine signs, I disput the profit motive. I'm sure there
were some thus motivated, but I personally knew one who practiced where
payment was in corn, chickens, and the occasional crumpled dollar. And
several who opted for low incomes by practicing in rural and small city
areas and setting their prices to what people could afford.
Also not true. The first insurance companies were cooperative ventures
of "spreading the risk" among merchants. They were protecting their
profits, but the "company" per se made no profits.
at least slightly immoral. A doctor making a decent living is one
thing, a giant corporation milking the ailing is another.
And BTW, get well Charlie!
Indeed, the "Blues," which began as the insurer of last resort are a
not-for-profit outfit here in MI. They tried to change it, but got whacked
OTOH, hospitals which are not-for-profit have a way of expanding endlessly
into new markets and growing in equipment in order to spend the money that
would otherwise show as "profit," and cause them to get whacked.
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