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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."  

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A single payer system is the only reasonable approach to the health care financing crisis. Those who believe it is going to lead to long lines for care and poor care, need only speak to virtually any Medicare patient. Having practiced medicine for nearly 40 years, i do not know of any Medicare patient that is not delighted with their care. They have freedom of choice of physician, hospital, testing, and medication. We could have Medicare for all, cradle to grave. We could save in excess of $400B per year and have a superb health care system. We would need… Read more »

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A single payer system is the only reasonable approach to the health care financing crisis. Those who believe it is going to lead to long lines for care and poor care, need only speak to virtually any Medicare patient. Having practiced medicine for nearly 40 years, i do not know of any Medicare patient that is not delighted with their care. They have freedom of choice of physician, hospital, testing, and medication. We could have Medicare for all, cradle to grave. We could save in excess of $400B per year and have a superb health care system. We would need… Read more »

seweinberg
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A single payer system is the only reasonable approach to the health care financing crisis. Those who believe it is going to lead to long lines for care and poor care, need only speak to virtually any Medicare patient. Having practiced medicine for nearly 40 years, i do not know of any Medicare patient that is not delighted with their care. They have freedom of choice of physician, hospital, testing, and medication. We could have Medicare for all, cradle to grave. We could save in excess of $400B per year and have a superb health care system. We would need… Read more »

seweinberg
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A single payer system is the only reasonable approach to the health care financing crisis. Those who believe it is going to lead to long lines for care and poor care, need only speak to virtually any Medicare patient. Having practiced medicine for nearly 40 years, i do not know of any Medicare patient that is not delighted with their care. They have freedom of choice of physician, hospital, testing, and medication. We could have Medicare for all, cradle to grave. We could save in excess of $400B per year and have a superb health care system. We would need… Read more »

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Neimon

“Overeducated” is new right-wing code for “elite,” where “elite” in this case means “having some thoughtful knowledge of the subject and tenable opinions instead of a blind obsession with forcing sick, helpless people to earn the privilege of a doctor’s care.”
Oh darn. I must be elite now. Or is that overeducated?
Nah. I dropped out of college.

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rbaer

I do not think that Dr. Rubin’s Email merits further discussion. He made it clear that financial interests are his first and foremost priority. If he thinks that the free market will improve/solve all health care problems in the US, he should elaborate. Otherwise, he should look at his possessions and rejoice in privacy.

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Peter

“Most overeducated experts are risibly obtuse.” So is Herbert an undereducated medical expert or an overeducated medical expert, risibly speaking of course? Does he think he needs to learn any more about disease? “The cure is the collapse of the current doomed non-system” Not sure if that’s a cure but it appears that’s what everybody in the system now wants before any fix. But I doubt any fix will be a total law of the jungle free market. We got here because of too little control. “If single payer comes, I increase my fees, and laugh.” Only if there are… Read more »

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Matt

Insurance weenies? We can’t all go to medical school like Herbert Rubin.