|In the Clinic - Dr. Howard Hodis, MD, Discusses the Prevention of Heart Disease|
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Stanley Feld has been doing a series on why physicians are slow to adopt electronic records.
Why patients so eager to hate the physician profession: "I suspect the payment system has something to do with it. When patients don't know what we charge for things (we are not allowed to disclose our fee schedules), they assume we are milking the system for all it's worth. The fact that the majority of transaction happens below the surface devalues the visit."
Arnold Kling argues that the administrative savings from a single-payer system is minimal and superficial:
After [getting rid of private insurance administrators], costs might be less than the existing system. By a small amount. For a short time. But innovation in health care management and administration would slow to a crawl. Health care providers would need permission from Washington to try anything new. In the long run, administrative costs ...
The sad story of a mother who wanted to exact revenge on her obstetrician.
The patient comes out ahead in many cases: "All patients who suffer a treatment injury caused by medical care are eligible for no-fault, government funded, compensation (with no need to prove negligence). Claims are usually decided within a matter of days, and the package of care includes financial compensation as well as free treatment, rehabilitation, home help, childcare, and so on."