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  •  I'm curious if the book explored the role (5+ / 0-)

    of profit in the various systems? There is alot of discussion on public vs. private in the current debate but when you look further at private entities in other systems many of them are "private" but also non profit.

    •  This is really key (5+ / 0-)

      I understand that in many countries costs are controlled like we do with Medicare (through reimbursement) but better, and in others for-profit insurance or providers aren't allowed or are very tightly controlled.  The profit side is where we spend half of our health care dollars--profit for insurance cos (dispersed to management and shareholders) and profit for providers who overcharge and overtreat.  

      Those in health care need to stop looking at people as profit centers to be exploited and look at them from the vantage point of healers.  The problem is that potential profit centers is how too much of society views their fellow citizens (and non-citizen neighbors).

      Democracy needs accountability. Investigate and prosecute the Torture Thirteen.

      by Mimikatz on Sun Sep 20, 2009 at 10:26:08 AM PDT

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    •  Not extensively (5+ / 0-)
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      except for docs, who can to a certain extent in just about every country privatize care they provide for extra payment. But as far as insurers, he makes the point you do--in some of these countries, insurers can provide coverage for non-essential, Cadillac care. That's where some profit can be made.

    •  I've Heard the Author State Flatly (I THINK It's (2+ / 0-)
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      this author) that no other country permits profit in the payment for basic care. Thom Hartmann has stated it that directly.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Sep 20, 2009 at 11:45:03 AM PDT

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