Opthamologists are surgeons. They train in surgery for years beyond medical school. Optometrists do not.
Ophthalmologists don't want to lose new patients to optometrists.
Are you a professional in the field? If not, I doubt your qualifications to say
If you don't see the flaws in that comparison you obviously don't know what you're talking about.
sure, and that undoubtedly occurs with a free market. Best products and services at most efficient prices.
quote:Anecdotal exigent circumstances don't invalidate the principles of a free market. If a hurricane wiped out all sources of water, I'd gladly purchase a bottle of water from you for $20 if I was dying of thirst. That doesn't mean that bottle of water is worth the same to me in normal circumstances.
I'm still waiting for one of the champions of absolute free markets in health care to answer the question I asked on page 23 - what's the free market value of your life in an emergent situation?
quote:Absurd examples aside, I don't see anyone who argued that in this thread.
all regulations are not necessarily bad.
Not even close
quote:That's b/c we don't have a free health insurance market. If we did, insurance companies would be held to the same basic free market principles as other businesses are held to, and doctors could only charge what the market could bear.
What happens is doctors billing for as much as the pt's insurance is willing to pay for
Absurd examples aside
a hurricane wiped out all sources of water, I'd gladly purchase a bottle of water from you for $20 if I was dying of thirst.
quote:I'd agree. Arguing for deregulation isn't the same as arguing for no regulation at all. There are probably some situations where non-intrusive regulations could benefit healthcare or any other market.
I'm just pointing out that there are some situations in healthcare that should be regulated
I don't like seeing healthcare move more towards a free market.
Goal should be best patient care possible.
what's the free market value of your life in an emergent situation?
I think free markets can help health care, but all regulations are not necessarily bad.
A true free market always leads to monopoly.
Goal of healthcare should no be profit.
quote:A very small amount, I agree.
Some regulation is necessary.
quote:Fair enough, I can't agree with that though. What incentive do healthcare providers have to provide healthcare if not for profit?
Goal of healthcare should no be profit. That's just my opinion
quote:This is the beauty of the free market imo - it isn't swayed by emotional arguments like "save the children!!" - it reacts coldly to proven economic principles to provide the best quality at the most competitive prices. I understand you're uncomfortable with that in a healthcare scenario, but we'll just have to agree to disagree there
This isn't a house, or a vehicle, or anything. It's people's lives. Rich or poor you should get the best care available. As far as we've come as a species we shouldn't have people going with mediocre or no healthcare.