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Death Panels

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The recent brouhaha over so-called death panels appears to be little more than an attempt to obscure the fact that in large part consensus over healthcare already exists.

By inflating a non-issue and making it a centerpiece of the “Health Care Debate”, our establishment leaders can quietly insert pro-corporate clauses into whatever legislation they enact. Indeed, such a trend is already evident from Obama’s speech to the American Medical Association a few months ago.

In his speech, he identified an outdated records system, an “epidemic of obesity” spurred by “junk food”, lack of preventative care, and a system which charges by procedure instead of charging by result as the main culprits in our high cost of health care.

Well and good – but to that I might add a couple more: the exorbitant cost of medical school and the well-to-do salaries it enforces. The debt implied by a full medical school term has ballooned to more than $200,000, and this forces doctors to start out at least six figures if they wish to pay it off. No one denies that doctors ought to be at least somewhat affluent, but the unfortunate fact is that in many cases their salaries go to the repayment of medical school debt. Curiously unmentioned!


Written by pavanvan

August 14, 2009 at 11:21 pm

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  1. Considering an emergency room visit is on the order of $1000 a pop and higher education costs are ballooning in all disciplines, I don’t wag my finger at doctors’ salaries. Plenty other more worthy targets.


    August 17, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    • Yeah, I agree with that – like our bloated, out of-date educational system. The doctor’s salaries aren’t really the problem in and of themselves – the causes are skyrocketing education prices and the growing specter of malpractice lawsuits.


      August 17, 2009 at 9:07 pm

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