posted on Jul, 23 2009 @ 01:19 PM
I think the root of the problem is not the doctors but the big businesses involved. We have been a very litigious society, forcing the doctors to buy
expensive malpractice insurance so they can have legal help if they get sued which causes their rates to go up. In addition, the doctors have to
order every test, because if they don't, and fail to diagnose something because of it, they will get sued for that. 20 years ago, a doctor's visit
never included getting blood work done - today, most doctor's visits do. Paying for every test drives up the patient's cost as well. Next, there
is the huge pharmaceutical industry, they are spending tons on research to come up with the next big drug, and tons on advertising to try to sell
them. They are also paying companies that provide analytical data for them to crunch and determine how best to market the drugs given consumer
purchasing trends. In some ways they are creating the problems through marketing and providing the solutions for those problems that they have
manufactured. For example, 20 years ago, if you had restless legs, you went for a walk or drank less coffee. Today, there is a pill for it.
Finally, the medical insurance companies are charging us sky-high rates and doing everything they can to pocket the profit and avoid paying out for
claims. I just started a new job and was shocked to see the cost of family coverage was over $1000/month! Seriously! I've previously always worked
for government or very large companies that are able to negotiate low rates; the company I am going to work for is a small consulting company and they
are making coverage available, but I don't know who could afford it at those rates.