Should our health care system be a for-profit system?

Some have said it is the profit motive that is at the core of our health system’s problems:

  • Insurers need to provide profits to their shareholders
  • Hospitals and hospital systems need to provide profits to their shareholders
  • Physicians perform tests with their own economic interests in mind
  • Pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers charge too much

A system that is not designed for profit might look as follows:

  • A single payer health system
  • All hospitals should be not-for-profit
  • All physicians should be employees, and their employers should be not-for profit
  • Pharmaceuticals, devices and supplies should be subject to price regulation

What do you think?  Please select only one response.

Should the profit motive be removed from our health care system?

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