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The death of American medicine
« on: October 13, 2013, 06:52:51 AM »
The Death of American Medicine

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On October 12, 2013 @ 3:30 pm In The Point | 4 Comments




This American Interest post by Adam Garfinkle seems a bit befuddled to find that ObamaCare actually tightens health care triage based on class. Or income at any rate.

While Garfinkle’s doctor retreats into a fee-based private practice model, he notes that ObamaCare plans will be structured to limit patient options.


And no one seems willing to call what is going on by its real name: class-based triage, or rationing, of medical care.

We can see this more clearly if we put these two data points together: We are slowly (or not-so-slowly) but surely moving toward a much more finely gradated class-based system of healthcare. Compared to where we were before Obamacare passed, the top is moving up and the bottom is moving down faster than ever, leaving a thinner middle where most Americans with employer-provided health insurance have typically been—somewhere in the murk between HMOs and PPOs of various descriptions. Now, those who can afford it will increasingly pay more and get more. Those who cannot afford it will pay less and get less.

Actually they will pay more and get less. When they do pay less, they will be paying more for less services. It may not be obvious to them, but the insurers will have done the math.

The problem is that triage of this sort is inevitable.

The market naturally rations products and services. There’s no way to get around that. Even in a totalitarian state with a planned economy, national health care and price controls, professionals will just go to the most rewarding fields.

And there’s always a class structure. Soviet academics lived much better than their colleagues lower down on the ladder. Meanwhile Soviet medicine was pretty terrible. The smart people were going into research and then not doing any research because the entire system was too far behind to catch up.

The more the system is tampered with, the more the middle, which is a product of the free market collapses, reverting everything back to the 99 percent and 1 percent model that the left pretends we have now. Except it’s really more like a 67%, 9% and 24% model.

ObamaCare forces more doctors to become completely inaccessible to anyone other than the wealthy. The process began with HMOs, that original ingenious plan to solve the health care problem, which instead made it more expensive and less rewarding for doctors to do business. Costs kept going up and so did health care.

This is just one of the final steps on the rung before we end up with no middle ground. This won’t just have an impact on the people in the middle, it will eventually destroy the quality of medicine in general.

There’s only so much room at the top. If the only way to really make money is by treating the rich, that requires far fewer doctors and that means there’s much less room in medicine.

Medical schools will turn out more mediocrities, Third World students who excel at rote memorization but have no interest in patient care, and the top tier of medicine will continue shrinking down. There will be some good people at the top, but their numbers will diminish with each generation.

And then American medicine will die. But you’ll always be able to go and see a Nurse Practitioner for some obesity counseling.

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Re: The death of American medicine
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2013, 08:37:07 AM »
American medicine will not die.  There is medicine in places that are more socialized than us.  It will be bifurcated.  There will be a minimalist system that takes care of 80 percent of the public with generic drugs, shared rooms, waiting lines, etc.  And then there will be the expensive system with branded drugs, private rooms, empathetic doctors and no lines.  Spain, Italy, France and most of Europe have such a system now.  The thing is, the latter system will be considerably more expensive than it needs to be because of the former system.
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Re: The death of American medicine
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2013, 08:39:44 AM »
Ponder this: 110 people control 35 percent of Russia's wealth. How far behind them are we?
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Re: The death of American medicine
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2013, 08:52:54 AM »
Ponder this: 110 people control 35 percent of Russia's wealth. How far behind them are we?

Ponder this:  Russia is far better off today with 110 people controlling 35 percent of its wealth than it was when 25 percent of the people controlled 90 percent of its wealth.  The greatest achievements in the history of human civilization occurred in systems where there was great wealth/class disparity.  Literature: what was the system that Shakespeare operated under?  Arts: What was the system that DaVinci operated under?  Invention: what was the system that Henry Ford and Thomas Edison operated under?

Conversely, what were the great contributions to mankind made by Soviet society in comparison to those made by Czarist Russia?

No, I say Russia is better off as a dictatorship than it was as a communist state.  Dictatorships are not ideal, but when you look at some of them (Singapore, for example) they can be superior to democracy in terms of containing the socialist inclinations of the riff raff who would otherwise use democracy as an excuse not to have to work for a better life.
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Re: The death of American medicine
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2013, 05:36:20 PM »
American medicine will not die.  There is medicine in places that are more socialized than us.  It will be bifurcated.  There will be a minimalist system that takes care of 80 percent of the public with generic drugs, shared rooms, waiting lines, etc.  And then there will be the expensive system with branded drugs, private rooms, empathetic doctors and no lines.  Spain, Italy, France and most of Europe have such a system now.  The thing is, the latter system will be considerably more expensive than it needs to be because of the former system.

I think he is referring to American medicine as it has been and is today.  Its greatness will disappear, not the medical practice itself.  Even voodoo has its "doctors." :doa:
Abraham Lincoln:

There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.
--January 27, 1838 Lyceum Address

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these
great and true principles.
--August 27, 1856 Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan

Let us then turn this government back into the channel in which the framers of the Constitution originally placed it.
--July 10, 1858 Speech at Chicago


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