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Why Pay Physicians Anything At All For Providing Healthcare?

zsingerb Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 6:59 PM
"The 3rd party payment system is perhaps the most potent driver of runaway healthcare spending. Without any restraint on spending, largely because individuals are disconnected from the costs of their healthcare, patients routinely expect tests and procedures that may be unnecessary simply because someone else is paying the bill." This is BS. Believe me I have no urge to go to the doctor's office or hospital, and get poked, prodded, punctured, or sampled. I want my physician to have performed the tests deemed necessary to make a good diagnosis of my problem. And only those. I see the problem as a Hospital one. When I had a lithotrypsy for my kidney stones the hospital quoted me a fee of of $24,000. When the insurance paid them, it was $2400.
ScienceSquid Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 10:32 PM
maybe the hospital charged too much and the insurance paid too little. There's a lot of blame to go around in rising medical care costs, but killing normal free market controls is, if not at the top of the list, very very close. To your specific point: A lot of hospitals charge a lot to - as the article said - pay tons of administrators a lot of coin and to cover the costs of uninsured or underinsured patients they also must treat.

Last week, the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform released its recommendations, calling for the elimination of fee-for-service healthcare within the next 5 years. This organization, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is populated by physicians from academia, the insurance industry and from the public policy world. Having former GOP Senate Majority leader and cardiac surgeon Bill Frist serving as honorary chairman gives the imprimatur of bipartisanship and legitimacy. However, Dr. Frist, a former academic himself, has long favored a government supervised healthcare system, and is therefore less than objective in this regard.

The Commission was formed to...