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U.S. Health Care: A Powerful Medical Monopoly

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posted on Dec, 28 2007 @ 04:33 PM
Over the years, the United States has created the ability for the US health care system to actually have a monopoly over the Country. The U.S. has established organizations that govern and control the delivery of health care to our Nation. With this comes the suppression of the supply of health care professions which has increased our health care costs prohibitively.

The U.S. has also allowed our national health insurance industry to dictate and regulate the delivery of our health care. This has resulted in price-fixing and non-competitive practices.

So where are the antitrust lawsuits? Isn't The Government interested? Or has the AMA done an amazing snow job trying to explain how it is protecting people from medical malpractice?

In general, Americans do not have the freedom or the ability to choose their health care anymore. Nor do Americans have the ability to choose the doctor's discipline (a specialist versus General Practitioner). Those who are fortunate enough to have health insurance often realize that they can only see certain doctors who are a part-of-the-insurance-plan, only if and when they follow very specific guidelines.

The U.S. health care industry has grown powerful over the years and now regulates and dictates our health care. And here we are, going frustrated with it while going broke trying to pay for it.

The U.S. health care industry is yet another greed-machine that has been created by powerful doctors and corporations. This industry has developed into a medical monopoly in the United States and has essentially thwarted our ability to access health care in a fair and equitable manner. Health care, until it became a money-making industry, was a noble service and was respected by the majority of people. Not any longer. Health care is now regarded as a big money making corporate conglomerate that has become all but a luxury.

This medical monopoly has forced people into very rigid health care that is prescribed by large corporations and practices price-fixing by the health insurance companies. With control over the industry, this medical monopoly can guarantee practicing physicians and surgeons disproproportionally high wages, too. There is no competitive pricing for any of these practicing physicians to contend with. And also, because the U.S. regulates the number of physicians that are permitted to practice within the United States, the "supply and demand" of physicians is manipulated to ensure that doctors continue to earn very high wages for their services. Despite the enormous increases in the need during the past few decades, the demand for physicians in the U.S. has been greater than the supply. And it will remain so, guaranteeing that there is a shortage (or a perceived shortage) of physicians.

posted on Dec, 28 2007 @ 04:36 PM
If this medical monopoly were investigated by the Justice Department and the U.S. health care industry was found to be in violation of antitrust laws, health care might actually become attainable for people.

If a free market were allowed, where "supply and demand" were not manipulated by a regulatory agency and where physicians were paid actual worth for services rendered, health care costs could be reduced. State governments could significantly lower both public and private health care costs, and there might be a glimmer of hope for people in need of health care.

But there is no free market. Instead, our government continues onward with this medical monopoly and we see now that the Democratic Presidential nominees are pushing their health care programs that will lead the United States into a National health care system or a manditory health insurance for all U.S. citizens. Each of these candidates say the same things over and over again but none of them wil broach the subject of the U.S. medical monopoly. The truth is, none of these programs need to be created if the U.S. health care industry was not operating a medical monopoly with price-fixing practices within the industry. All we need is a free market to level the playing field for all.


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