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    The point is that other countries manage to provide better results for their populations than we do and it costs less.

    I agree.

    I think the idea in this country that it's not possible to have the best health care in the world if we limit costs or salaries.  it's simply not true.

    I am going to make the argument that knocking out the middle man of insurance out would do a lot to reduce prices. Even much better insurance regulations would help a lot.  So would efficient electronic medical records to prevent duplication of tests, and to improve communication. So would paying for results instead of visits.

    I don't believe that the salaries of overworked doctors are the issue, though I do think as the middle class is eroded, there will be further drops in the salaries of health care providers, including doctors.

    Doctors' and nurses' salaries depend on the health of a strong middle class. Destroy the middle class, and health care will be poorly funded. There will be boutique practices for the very rich. The rest of us will have mediocre health care.

    Thus, doctors and other health care providers are natural allies of the progressive movement. I believe that attacking them for their salaries is like attacking union members for their benefits.

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    by grrr on Sat May 14, 2011 at 06:43:02 AM PDT

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      all of that will help tremendously.  I would go further and just go single payer and get rid of insurance period.  It does nothing to control costs, just takes money out of the health care system.

      I'm not attacking health professionals in general and don't want to see their salaries reduced. I'm just pointing out that in other universal health-care systems the doctors actually make less and produce better results.  It's something that can't be ignored in the equation.  

      Would we be so happy to have a military that dwarfs all others combined if it was a line item deduction on our paychecks next to FICA."

      by Back In Blue on Sat May 14, 2011 at 09:58:41 PM PDT

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        I would go further and just go single payer and get rid of insurance period.  It does nothing to control costs, just takes money out of the health care system.

        I guess politically its been so difficult, that even tighter regulations would make some difference.  I would prefer single payer, as long as there was accountability to the citizens paying for this.

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        by grrr on Sun May 15, 2011 at 12:15:09 PM PDT

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        I'm just pointing out that in other universal health-care systems the doctors actually make less and produce better results.

        Plenty of doctors would agree -  reward docs for better care, not more care. Just make sure there is an infrastructure - eg Electronic Medical Records, sufficient support staff, etc - to let doctors do what they love...practice medicine!

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        by grrr on Sun May 15, 2011 at 12:17:04 PM PDT

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