Medicare and medical errors: A taste of single-payer

Sid Schwab on Medicare’s misguided attempts to control medical errors:

As one who’s gone on record as supporting single-payer health care, this is the sort of thing that makes the position a little hard to defend. It’s not that I entirely disagree with the concept. For one thing, I never (nor do most surgeons, far as I know) charged for a re-operation, even if it wasn’t for an obvious error. Plus, I have advocated greater efforts to identify measures that some doctors take to get better outcomes, and to encourage them. So this sort of thing — in theory — is not unwarranted. The devilment is in the details. Some items on the list are inarguable; but not all.

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