Originally Posted by Winstonbiggs
I don't know about health benefits, I'm concerned about getting good health care in this country. Right now we are facing a huge shortage in doctors that is going to play out in most of our lifetimes that's without giving free care to another 20 million Medicaid patients. Emergency room care is going to go up regardless of adding more people onto the insurance rolls.
We live in a society that uses free markets to create supply to match demand and drive prices through competition. What is already happening in a system that is already massively controlled by the Federal government is the supply is going down while demand is going up.
How do we get more people health insurance if we don't have enough doctors. My guess is we are going to have to pay them more than insurance companies and the federal government is willing to pay them.
I really like the idea of universal coverage however I'm very concerned that Universal coverage that doesn't meet the demands of physicians and providers is going to lead to massive rationing. It may be universal but that doesn't meet my requirement of quality health care.
As chiefs already said, TORT reform and malpractice insurance reform need to happen for doctors. Furthermore, if you count the cost of medical school and college these days, the cost of becoming a doctor is insane.
From just about every angle, American healthcare needs reform.