A Tide in the Affairs of Medicine: National Health Insurance as the Augury of Professionalism
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A Tide in the Affairs of Medicine: National Health Insurance as the Augury of Professionalism

by George M. Hall
     
 

Some form of national health insurance is inevitable within the next five to seven years, if for no other reason that the number of uninsured and under-insured is rapidly approaching half of the under-65 population. That is a lot of votes, hence such insurance will likely become the prime issue for the 2004 presidential election.

As such, the issue is no

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Some form of national health insurance is inevitable within the next five to seven years, if for no other reason that the number of uninsured and under-insured is rapidly approaching half of the under-65 population. That is a lot of votes, hence such insurance will likely become the prime issue for the 2004 presidential election.

As such, the issue is no longer whether to have national health insurance, but what form it will take. The problem, of course, with any national system is that it must control costs, and so far the only method of achieving that goal has been "managed care." Unfortunately, managed care has become the bane of the medical profession, and for that matter, the majority of patients.

The only practical way to preclude this situation, would be for the profession itself to take the initiative in developing a national health insurance plan. Any plan, of course, could only be implemented under the aegis of the federal government, but it needs to be a grass-roots plan that solves bona fide problems of finance, and without hosting naive sociological ambitions. This book addresses that challenge.

Fundamentally, the mechanics of the proposed plan are a variation on Canadian national health insurance, with added provisions to control costs without denigrating the profession of medicine. As such, the majority of the text focuses on the specific problems that will impose themselves perforce between concept and implementation. The resolution of these problems must gain the support of the majority of physicians in the United States, with the incentive that the alternative is to face de facto employee status of the federal government.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780875275369
Publisher:
Green, Warren H. Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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