-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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One of the biggest problems with Medicare is that it is NOT a single-payer system. It's a government-run insurance company operating in an insurance-company world. Medicare is not a single-payer system, get it? - Kanuk - Open Salon
I don't support a true single-payer system because I think people should be vested in their own healthcare and paying a portion of it at the point of service helps with that and probably reduces the risk of over-use. My dream-world health care program would look more like a big HMO: doctors would be on salary and work relatively set hours, hospitals would be non-profit, bigger hospitals would "buoy" less profitable ones so even a small town could have an emergency room and maternity ward, access to specialists would be coordinated through your primary care doctor, specialized programs would be regionalized for cost savings, and the emphasis would be on staying healthy rather than fixing things after the fact. This would all be a good thing for our country, I think, because a lot of small towns lose their doctors because they can make more money in the city. If a doctor knew he would make the same amount of money in Podunk, he might choose to stay there after medical school or go there for the quality of life for his family. And the state could offer an incentive for a doctor willing to work in a place like East Armpit for a year or two.
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Why should a DR living in podunk TN make the same as a DR in NYC or SF? Their cost of living is a fraction of what it costs to live in one of those cities. And then on top of top wages to Dr's in areas with rock bottom costs of living you want the state to pay them extra/subsidize them out of our tax dollars? No thanks.
I would think that if all Drs are payed the same and cost of living is lower in rural places then it would help fill those positions that are empty now. That is a good thing. As for govt incentives, here if you immigrate as a Dr, you have to go to a northern community for x number of years. Not sure how long. Almost all our Drs are South African, from the same area. They enjoy a very rich community here (were mostly friends before they immigrated, and so they stay here.
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)