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J. Murray Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 6:30 AM
I don't get it. Why do you think a bureaucrat in a State capital knows who is and isn't capable and competent to practice medicine? Governments don't have physicians on staff, and if they did, I'd question why government is wasting that valuable resource checking license applications. Governments don't know the first thing about medicine, which includes licensing. Has malpractice and failed medicine disappeared? Not only has it not disappered, government licensing has shown to have no impact on the quality of care. All it impacts is the cost by limiting the number of practicioners - we have fewer doctors and medical schools today than 100 years ago despite the tripling of the population. Maybe THAT'S why medical care is so expensive.
Fuzzy2 Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 5:43 PM
Well actually, it all starts out with good intentions. But government devolves it into a quagmire of uselessness. Govt regulation doesn't just stop when it implements the qualifications for a license. It must build and build and build until it becomes what we always get. A stupid system with a bunch of stupid rules that ruin lives and lessen employment.
Illbay Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 9:17 AM
Well, actually, the "bureaucrats" typically work for the various licensing boards who are themselves physicians, or engineers, or architects, etc. The licensing legislation requires these boards to be so constituted. And the history of licensing legislation in the various states is, that it was INITIATED by members of those professions.

You can argue the necessity or extent, but stating that "government bureaucrats" are in charge of it is false.
Bruce2142 Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 7:18 AM
You are spot on. Malpractice insurance is a huge expense to doctors and dentists. The threat of a law suit results in many additional tests and in many cases, delays in treatment because doctors are afraid tom make a mistake. The biggest thing that can be done to drive down healthcare costs is to implement tort reform! Do not allow lawyers to work on contingency and limit the amount that they can receive from settlements and law suits will drop by half in less than 6 months. That will be pretty tough to do though when the law makers have a conflict of interest because they are lawyers! I will never vote for a lawyer again! If we look at the other countries with socialized medicine, they don't allow law suits!

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