Undermining market forces: A fundamental flaw in American healthcare

August 31, 2010
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Editorial

As physicians, many of us are living in a world we could not have imagined 30 years ago. We entered medicine expecting to dedicate our lives to helping people, and we anticipated that our dedication would be appreciated and our efforts would be reasonably well rewarded socially and economically. Instead, our ability to practice medicine is hampered by “gatekeepers” whose responsibility is to maximize the profits of insurance companies, not the welfare of patients.

As physicians, many of us are living in a world we could not have imagined 30 years ago. We entered medicine expecting to dedicate our lives to helping people, and we anticipated that our dedication would be appreciated and our efforts would be reasonably well rewarded socially and economically. Instead, our ability to practice medicine is hampered by “gatekeepers” whose responsibility is to maximize the profits of insurance companies, not the welfare of patients.

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