Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Annie, Sep 25, 2006.
He makes a good point, although you cannot blame all of the price increases on improving technology. We have more government red tape strangling the health care market than any nation on earth, even those darn dirty nordic countries with their socialist health care systems. Our tax code more or less forces us to get health insurance through our employers. Or as congressman Ron Paul (a former doctor) says:
Really, if we had anything resembling a free market in health care, we would have both technological innovation and lower prices too. Innovation can mean wonderful new health care advances, or it can mean new ways of offering the same services at lower costs.
I have another cause of high health care costs: malpractice suits. If you're an obstetrician, you only have a 3 in 20 chance of NOT being sued for malpractice just because some crying mother wants to blame the doctor for a birth defect. You can also blame John Edwards himself for the rise in C sections.
I don't think initially the spiraling up of health costs or innovative medical techniques began with the government intrusions, (well accept perhaps with pharmaceuticals brought to quicker introduction in WWII). Personally I think the influx of $$$ by employer provided insurance companies began the spiral. Government, ie, then started racheting up their contributions in the name of 'elderly' and 'poor.' Suddenly the average worker had access to whatever modern medicine could offer. It became the norm. So to 'therapy' in so many fields.
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