This is a tough one…
On the one hand, physicians have to run their practices, which costs money. They want to live well, as we all do, and that costs money.
On the other hand, they provide a vital service which not just anyone is allowed to provide- so in a way, they are on “protected turf”- protected through licensing and long years of training.
But when physicians refuse to see Medicare or Medicaid patients, those patients have nowhere else to turn. In fact, the threat of physicians refusing Medicare is often used as a reason not to cut Medicare rates.
This sets up a sort of “health care hostage situation”, where we, as a society, can no longer afford the costs of care, but seem to be powerless to do much about it.
So here is the question. Actually 2 this time. What do you think?