Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Socialized Health Care, the preview

Nearly half the respondents in a survey of U.S. primary care physicians said that they would seriously consider getting out of the medical business within the next three years if they had an alternative.

Uh-oh. We'd better socialize the industry to encourage the best and brightest to stay. Oh wait....

Of the 12,000 respondents, 49 percent said they'd consider leaving medicine. Many said they are overwhelmed with their practices, not because they have too many patients, but because there's too much red tape generated from insurance companies and government agencies.

Hmm. The doctors want to leave because government intervention and regulation makes their lives difficult. Does anyone think socializing the industry will make this better? It will add to the red tape and decrease doctor salaries. That'll convince 'em to stay, for sure.

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