posted on Nov, 5 2009 @ 01:51 AM
Actually, most doctors are not greedy. They're sincerely trying to help people. In order to do that, they've had to go through a grueling
educational process that included medical school, internship, and residency. It's a brutal experience. They've earned their money.
Moreover, they don't get to set their prices - not most of them, anyway. Insurance companies tell them how much they'll pay for various procedures.
In most plans I've seen, a doctor can't charge the patient for the "rest", if he wants to get more. He has to agree to charge only what the
insurance company agrees, letting the patient pay the co-pay, etc., but not trying to get any more than that.
I agree that too many people sue doctors for bad results, when it's not something the doctor did wrong. Sometimes, bad things happen even when
everyone did everything right. But there are also times when a doctor is just plain sloppy, leaving someone dead or permanently paralyzed, in a coma
or vegetative state, etc. These living victims may require intense, ongoing medical care for the rest of their lives. It is reasonable that the
doctor who caused the problem should be required to pay for his negligence.
Our crappy health care comes, I believe, from the switch of hospitals from more or less private corporations to massive corporations interested in
making a profit. They do everything they can to squeeze as much money as possible out of someone, while trying to avoid giving them expensive
treatments. They'll worried about their bottom line, not the health of their patients.
Another problem is "managed care", because the people who do the managing are not doctors, but businessmen. They, too, are concerned with the
bottom line and not with health. They seriously hinder what a doctor is allowed to do for a patient, and penalize the doctor for going beyond those
limitations. These HMO's and PPO's use a "one size fits all" approach to medicine, that will work fairly well, fairly often. Unfortunately,
someone with an unusual illness, or a unique problem, won't often get good care.
Finally, the amount of money wasted on drugs is appalling. Drug companies are the real source of greed and unreasonable prices. Although drug
companies claim that they need to charge rapacious amounts in order to pay for their expensive research, the fact is that they pay far more for
advertising, than for R&D. Basically they bribe doctors to prescribe their medications. Take them out, give them freebies (ever notice how many
drug-related gifts are in your doctor's office?), hold seminars and conventions where they're given wonderful service, you name it.
Wal-Mart, not known for its altruism, is able to offer many prescriptions for $4. That should tell you something about how much drugs really should