Herbert Rubin M.D. apparently did not enjoy Jane Sarahson Kahn’s piece last week reporting the results of the recent Annals of Internal Medicine study examining physician attitudes towards national health insurance. Here is his email to us, edited slightly for length:
"In the free market where I practice, I have no need for wonks, insurance weenies or regulators. It’s me and my patients. I give them what they want, they give me what I want. No intermediaries or academics needed. Thats how every other good or service is sold and bought. No need for those who fancy themselves more clever than the market.Most overeducated experts are risibly obtuse. The diagnosis is the lack of a free market … The cure is the collapse of the current doomed non-system and the irrelevant band-aids proposed, and return of buyers and sellers with no self-interested intermediaries. The more wonks tinker, the better I like it. If single payer comes, I increase my fees, and laugh."