For every doctor, nurse, therapist, assistant actually touching a patient there are many, many more lawyers, executives, beauracrats, lobbyists, salesmen, actuaries, television advertisers, etc. feeding at the table.
Sole practicioner doctors are opting out in favor of a guaranteed salary from a hospital or group practice. Family physicians go for specialties with a lighter load. That means fewer primary care doctors taking new patients. Paperwork, reports, billing and records all take time, which means less time for patient contact.
What can be done? Tort reform, as in Texas, would reduce awards. No class action suits and loser pays would reduce frivolous lawsuits.
Every item in the 2,000 page Obamacare legislation has businessmen hiring lawyers to hire lobbyists (ex-politicians) to write words in their favor to present to House staffers who must work with other staffers to get co-authors to introduce a bill. Every person involved needs to make a buck and politicians require campaign contributions. All these costs are passed on to the health consumer.
The Senate is another branch and another set of vultures. Petitioners must bear gifts as that’s the way it has always been done. One way to reduce this parade would be to limit terms of office for legislators who would be less conscious of raising campaign money for repeat elections.
Since the president is limited to eight years, extend the constitutional amendment to include Congress and all elected oficials. No career office holders.
The writer lives in Calabash, N.C.