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"I quit practicing medicine in 2003 at the age of 43. Burned out. Like most
doctors I went into medicine with a lot of idealism. The first half of my
medical career was in the Army (they paid for my medical education). The
second half was in private practice. 

In the Army system, a single payer system, I was free to focus my attention
on patient care, as were my colleagues. Conversations between doctors
revolved around the latest medical research on how to best care for our
patients. I never thought about how much money a particular treatment option
for a patient would earn for me - I was paid a salary and it was the same no
matter what treatment options I chose. I never had to deal with getting an
insurance company to pay me for my medical services after I had already
given them. I never had to argue with an insurance company after they denied
my treatment plan for a patient as "medically unnecessary." 

In private practice I was horrified to see how money was the driving force
behind everything doctors did (do). Doctors talked with each other about
opening their own specialty clinics to capture fees that had previously gone
to hospitals. Over the years the discussions at medical conferences began to
devote less time to the science behind new innovations and more time to
teaching doctors how to make money with the new innovations."

Maybe the current  "impasse" will get us the single payer system we need to
cut costs and increase coverage and get the medical folks back to talking
about health care and especially health care prevention.   

 

Free Polazzo

5525 Dorsett Shoals Lane

Douglasville, GA 30135

770-949-1707  (H)

770-778-8507 (C)

freepolazzo at comcast.net

 


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<p class=3DMsoNormal>Hi,<o:p></o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal>A very clear explanation of why medical care cannot =
be a &#8220;free
market&#8221; product or service, like shopping for milk or cars or =
houses.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><a
href=3D"http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/why-markets-cant-cure=
-healthcare/?apage=3D7#comment-204835">http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2=
009/07/25/why-markets-cant-cure-healthcare/?apage=3D7#comment-204835</a><=
o:p></o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal>As usual, follow the money and you can see why the =
status
quo has such a loud voice in the face of the reality of the failure of =
our
health care system to take care of everyone at a reasonable
price.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal>From a post in reply to the above =
blog.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal style=3D'line-height:140%'><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;
line-height:140%;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>&#8220;I =
quit
practicing medicine in 2003 at the age of 43. Burned out. Like most =
doctors I
went into medicine with a lot of idealism. The first half of my medical =
career
was in the Army (they paid for my medical education). The second half =
was in
private practice. <o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p style=3D'line-height:140%'><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;line-height:140%;
font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>In the Army system, a =
single
payer system, I was free to focus my attention on patient care, as were =
my
colleagues. Conversations between doctors revolved around the latest =
medical
research on how to best care for our patients. I never thought about how =
much
money a particular treatment option for a patient would earn for me - I =
was
paid a salary and it was the same no matter what treatment options I =
chose. I never
had to deal with getting an insurance company to pay me for my medical =
services
after I had already given them. I never had to argue with an insurance =
company
after they denied my treatment plan for a patient as &quot;medically
unnecessary.&quot; <o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p style=3D'line-height:140%'><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;line-height:140%;
font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>In private practice I was
horrified to see how money was the driving force behind everything =
doctors did
(do). Doctors talked with each other about opening their own specialty =
clinics
to capture fees that had previously gone to hospitals. Over the years =
the
discussions at medical conferences began to devote less time to the =
science
behind new innovations and more time to teaching doctors how to make =
money with
the new innovations.&#8221;<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p style=3D'line-height:140%'><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;line-height:140%;
font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Maybe the current
&nbsp;&#8220;impasse&#8221; will get us the single payer system we need =
to cut
costs and increase coverage and get the medical folks back to talking =
about
health care and especially health care prevention.&nbsp;&nbsp; =
<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal>Free Polazzo<o:p></o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal>5525 Dorsett Shoals Lane<o:p></o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal>Douglasville, GA 30135<o:p></o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal>770-949-1707&nbsp; (H)<o:p></o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal>770-778-8507 (C)<o:p></o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><a =
href=3D"mailto:freepolazzo at comcast.net">freepolazzo at comcast.net</a><o:p><=
/o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

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