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The Practice of Medicine -- Personalized

Dread Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 2:02 PM
Except you completely ignore that this is EXACTLY the case now. You can afford to pay for a doctor’s office visit out of pocket. If you couldn’t, you would have been stuck with the crappy HMO visit, or if you couldn’t afford insurance at all, you would have been forced to wait at home until your child was dire enough that you would have taken him to an ER where you would have waited for hours and you would have gotten the same hurried treatment, probably prescribed a few drugs you couldn’t afford, and then gotten hassled by the hospital to pay your bill.

 Today, I lived two contrasting approaches to the practice of medicine in the United States.  If ObamaCare becomes the law of the land, the contrast will grow even more marked.  Anyone who doesn't yet understand why the ObamaCare approach to medicine -- ie, centalizing control in government and insurance bureaucracies rather than in patients, the consumers -- is so terrible should read this post. 

Here's what happened: One of my small children fell and had an ugly, jagged cut beneath an eye.  It bled and looked ugly enough that I thought a physician should see it, so we made an appointment...