Friedman On Curing Healthcare: No Licensure Of Physicians?

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    Friedman On Curing Healthcare: No Licensure Of Physicians?

    Milton Friedman discusses the American Medical Association. According to him, the AMA’s monopoly on the licensure of physicians in the United States has put a damper on competition within the industry, leading to lower quality services as well as limited availability to the American public. Although I don’t yet fully accept Friedman’s suggestion, I still find it an interesting proposition that is worth spreading, check it out.
     
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    Physicians are licensed by the state, not the AMA.
     
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    Irrelevant.
    Licensing of businesses generally serve to protect those businesses from competition, not the consumer, which is the claim.
     
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    How is it irrelevant when that is the crux of his argument?

     
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    It is irrelevant because that isnt the argument.
    The argument is that licensing of physicians reduces competition and thus increases costs. The AMA controls the supply by controlling the number of places in med schools. But that is still not central to the argument.
     
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    What part of "the AMA’s monopoly on the licensure of physicians in the United States has put a damper on competition" do you not get?
     
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    What part of "licensing of physicians reduces competition and increases costs" do YOU not get?
    And that was the argument.
     
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    Gee they're dumb!
     
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    Explain how doing away with physician licensure would increase competition.
     
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    Is that a serious question??
     

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