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Friday, June 19, 2009

Paging Dr. Doctor

The other day, I wondered here why the health care reform debate offers us a middleman first—insurance—when what people really need are doctors. There's an argument today in The Atlantic for lowering America’s spending on health care by … creating more doctors! Simple supply and demand. More doctors in the market means lower prices for seeing a doctor. Key quote: “Maybe rather than plowing billions into universal healthcare, the government should plow millions into universities for medical programs.”

I just tried to make an appointment for a routine physical. The doctor would be glad to see me, said the receptionist. He has an opening in 43 days.

Yes, we need more doctors.

Posted on Friday, June 19, 2009 in Permalink

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