Skip to comments.Lifting Doctor-Licensing Restrictions Could Drive Competition, Lower Costs (Here it comes)
Posted on 10/15/2013 12:17:06 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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(Excerpt) Read more at nationaljournal.com ...
what could go wrong? (sarcasm)
The headline alone could infer this is sarcasm or satire. I thought liberals love regulations. Why would they support de-regulation of medical procedures? I’m a conservative but I still believe that some medical regulations are necessary. Just imagine if you are facing a life or death ailment and an unlicensed doctor is going to operate on you. I understand that UN funded hospitals and medical clinics around the globe hire unlicensed doctors. In case you’re curious I have written about how the UN implements ObamaCare:
The vision is back to horse and buggy days. The snake oil salesman comes into the little town with all his snake oil in his wagon. At the rate we’re going it won’t be long.
It’s already here. Many production line type clinics allow (require?) patients to see PAs (physician’s assistants) instead of actual physicians for routine matters.
Wow, has America sunk that low? I haven’t returned to the US since about 4 years ago. I recall a time when American medical care was perceived as best in the world. A year ago, I met an American executive who told me that more US doctors were moving to China to work here. He said, ObamaCare regulations were imposing too many restrictions on doctors and these doctors could enjoy more freedom to work in China. He cited a so-called regulation that mandated time-limits on medical check-ups in the US. Doctors in the US could face punitive measures for exceeding a time limit of a patient’s visit, and in China there is no such law.
Why couldn’t the consumer just ask to see the doctors qualifications diplomas ect.
Back to surgery at the barber shop!! You did know that the red stripes on the barber pole are to symbolize blood, right?
Actually, I’m finding that many nurse practitioners are better suited to see patients. They are more intuitive than many of the docs that can’t speak English.
For much of the USA’s history, doctors couldn’t do much more than set broken bones and sew up cuts, or bleed you to death as a ‘treatment’. That all changed with the advent of penicillin and other modern pharmaceuticals. Doctors could suddenly save lives and extend lifetimes. However, many state and US laws were passed which restricted the ability to prescribe these lifesaving medications to an elite few. Suddenly, only graduates of a few medical schools could do this, and the doctor’s associations limits the admissions to even these. It seems to me like some balance might be in order.
How about ISO 18,000 standards for medical practitioners? There could be say 5 or 6 grades of practitioners from hospital staffers through brain or cardiac surgeons.
The staffers would be ISO rates 18001.3 the surgeons would be 18952.1 or some such. By seeing their color coded ID badge and ISO rating number a patient would be able to judge his care expected level from the scrub clad person.
Then the barcoded badges with RF chips would provide data to card readers such that time with patients could be recorded and automatically billed. A caregiver that inadvertently came in to the room of a patient that was not within his or her specialty would not be billed.
I think we have the technology, it’s just matter of implementation
Allowing Janitors to diagnose patients would really drive down costs.
Doubling the number of residency slots and greatly increasing the number of medical school slots, allowing supply to meet the demand of people who want to become doctors would be better long term.
True, but it's taken them 20 years to create the current supply problem (by limiting residency training positions), and it would take at least 20 years to begin to alleviate it, even if they started tomorrow. Which they are not going to do, since Obamacare doesn't even begin to address the problem.
I'll be on the wrong side of the grass long before this is fixed, if it ever is. As one of my bosses in a prior life used to say, "Don't get sick!"
Next step will be totally pitting doctors against patients as doctors attempt to survive by insisting patients pay their bills BEFORE seeing a doctor... Oh wait, that’s already started:
The horror after that will be ‘insurance’ will be taken directly out of citizens paychecks ... or checking accounts.
Then the moaning about ‘entitlement programs’ starts: middle class people will be ‘means tested’ out of the program, but they’ll have to continue paying for it.
Doctors? It’ll take a two year degree and many citizens will die and or be maimed.
Medical societies comprised of (surprise) doctors have done a pretty good if not perfect job of keeping things on the up and up.
Injecting politicians into that, many of whom haven’t had any further experience with medicine than taking aspirins and putting on band-aids, is asking for tragedy.
As I love to tell my doctor——”you mean the AMA didn’t tell its membership about that when it endorsed Obamacare?”
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