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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Too Many Oh Bee Ghee Why Ends

“We got an issue in America. Too many good docs are gettin’ outta business. Too many OBGYN’s aren’t able to practice their, their love with women all across this country.”

I can’t think of any business other than the medical field whose product price is determined by someone other than the producer or the user. I ran across this quote and it boggles the mind:

Douglas Mathisen, a professor of thoracic surgery at Harvard Medical School, said, "The government has reduced reimbursement rates for coronary artery bypass surgery by nearly 50% since 1987," adding, "Faced with major sacrifices and now modest rewards, young doctors are simply choosing other fields that offer shorter training and greater rewards" (Reichard, CQ HealthBeat, 6/18).
How much does medical school cost? What are the malpractice insurance rates again? I know it is hard to feel sympathy for doctors when the common perception of one is that of the golfing country club type. However, how could anyone be expected to run a business when the price of their product is determined not by the business owner’s costs or the consumer’s need but by a third party whose primary interest is to pay as little as possible for each procedure. How many farmers would be in business if they were getting 50% less than they were 20 years ago. How many auto mechanics, teachers, plumbers or politicians …

I’m looking forward to Michael Moore’s, Sicko. It opens this Friday.

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