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  •  Profit is not necessarily bad (3+ / 0-)
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    in itself.  I'm no expert, but I know the Norwegian system as a patient.  When my dr. says I need a test, he orders it from the big regional hospital.  The last few years I've had 1 x-ray, 2 CAT scans and 1 MRI.  The hospital sends me the appointment, which is at the hospital if they have capacity, otherwise at a private (for profit) lab.  My x-ray was at a private facility, 1 CAT at the regional hospital, 1 CAT at a tiny hospital - don't know if it's publicly owned or not - and the MRI at a private lab right across the street from the main hospital (but with its own FREE parking!).  They all treat me the same and the national system sorts it out.  Travel expense is refunded according to the actual location I travelled to.

    GPs are mostly self-employed and must make a 'profit'.

    I can't see that profit or not is a primary consideration.  Single payer is.

    The Republicans are defunding, not defending, America.

    by DSPS owl on Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 06:36:00 AM PDT

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    •  Profit vs. Income (5+ / 0-)

      Medical professionals, including your general practitioner needs to make a living, he needs income, which is what you're describing.  That's not a profit center.

      A profit center is someone, like the US Health Insurance companies, or Big Pharma, who makes sure to be profiting off of thousands, or millions, of patients each year.  Each profit center raises our costs, yet only a tiny percentage of that money actually goes to improving our care.

      More efficient health care systems don't have such leeches on the public.

      •  Thanks. (0+ / 0-)

        But I (still) think the term "profit center" is unclear.  Wikipedia has a "stub" on it, but that didn't help much.  Except that it there sounds like a "profit center" doesn't have to be big nor anything negative.

        The Republicans are defunding, not defending, America.

        by DSPS owl on Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 07:59:11 AM PDT

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        •  Paging Dr. Marx (5+ / 0-)

          The distinction is between Rent (in the economic sense, not the house sense) and Value-Added.  The whole problem is that the insurance companies get their profits entirely in the form of Rent, while adding no value to the system.

          Where are the feasts we were promised?

          by aztecraingod on Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 10:20:51 AM PDT

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          •  Me'n'Marx (0+ / 0-)

            never did get to know one another very well.  Wikipedia has lots more than a stub on "economic rent".

            Starting at the other end of the matter, I can certainly see that the insurance companies add no value -- quite the contrary!

            The Republicans are defunding, not defending, America.

            by DSPS owl on Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 03:51:56 PM PDT

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