Galeno writes,Thank God I retired early from medicine. I really love the science of medicine. It's the patients I can't stand. In the USA the doctors get to hate the insurance companies, the plaintiff lawyers, and the patients.I think you hit upon what will undoubtedly be a major, major crisis in our society---doctors will be retiring early in their careers, and medical schools will be getting fewer and fewer applicants. Why be a doctor if you have put up with all that nonsense?Prior to the invention of widespread health insurance and the "care industry" as it has become, physicians were reasonably compensated, and most importantly, respected.Nowadays, practically everyone and their brother has been spoonfed "free" health care from day one---something originally offered only by the largest corporations, then the various unions, and now every small employer is expected to provide it as well.The health insurance industry, in turn, steers patients toward doctors with less experience, because they generally provide services for less money. The more experienced doctors are forced to join health plans as well to stay in business, because few patients are willing to pay outrageous out-of-pocket fees for services that their employers are now providing for "free", such as $10,000 pregnancies, etc.Not only do physicians have to put up with this relentless armtwisting by the health insurance industry, career patients have become downright demanding, insisting on immediate service, seeking multiple referals for every malady, and dictating what drugs they need based on TV commercials they watch. In short, the doctor is there to serve them, and doctors are treated like fast-food workers.The solution is to get rid of the corporate health insurance industry altogether. Doctors should compete with each other in order to reasonably price the services they perform. Employers should increase salaries so that employees can afford to pay reasonable out-of-pocket costs, or choose to pay for their own individual health insurance premiums. And employees should put an emphasis on getting exercise and eating more healthfully, to avoid additional health care costs.
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