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  •  I think you left out one very important factor (3+ / 0-)

    with everything else one buys, in the real marketplace, there is a cost for things. With medicine we are never given a cost until much later if you can decipher it.

    Imagine if you purchased some other service for an unknown price that could take your house for nonpayment.

    I don't like the idea of anyone making a profit on medicine, single provider is my mantra, but other places I've lived where there is much closer to free enterprise in medicine the prices for most situations are posted large in the waiting room for all to see. And things cost much much less.

    The theory that nature is permanently in balance has been largely discredited

    by ban nock on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 04:10:19 PM PDT

    •  I agree ban nock, I don't know . . . (3+ / 0-)

      . . . of many other "markets" where you don't know what the price is before you buy. I think someone in one of the comments called that "price discovery".

      And usually, when you discover the price, it's more than you expected and it's too late to complain. Go for surgery and there's a host of "bills" that show up after you're home from people you don't even remember being there. You see the anesthesiologist for all of 30 seconds, which is hardly enough time to get a name, much less negotiate a better rate. I wonder what the hospital would say if you showed up with your list of "preferred providers" when you went for surgery.

      Thanks for reading! And for commenting. It helps to hear everyone's input.

      To these unfortunate citizens aid must be extended by Government--not as a matter of charity but as a matter of social duty. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by rudyblues on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 04:24:26 PM PDT

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