Sunday, July 26, 2009

More on the new healthcare plan

(From the same source as previous post.)

WILL MY CARE SUFFER? Critics have raised the specter that health care will be “rationed” to save money. The truth is that health care is already rationed. No insurance, public or private, covers everything at any cost. That will not change any time soon.

It is true that the long-term goal of health reform is to get rid of the fee-for-service system in which patients often get very expensive care but not necessarily the best care. Virtually all experts blame the system for runaway health care costs because it pays doctors and hospitals for each service they perform, thus providing a financial incentive to order excessive tests or treatments, some of which harm the patients.

(Emphasis added.) Harming patients, by the way, is against the Hippocratic Oath that trained physicians swear before they're allowed to practice medicine. I guess the Hippocratic Oath doesn't count for much these days, at least in the U.S.

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