From the L.A. Times: Dollars to doughnuts diagnosis
Do the many THCB proponents of government-run, bureaucrat-controlled, global-budget, everybody in- nobody out, health care advocates want to drive doctors like the author of this article out of medicine?
For more than a year, I haven’t received a single dollar from any insurance company. I work for my patients. A few hundred doctors across the country are working the same way, some in blue-collar towns. Routine
care should be affordable to the middle class, and as more doctors and more patients form relationships that exclude insurance companies, prices will drop. Insurance doesn’t make routine care affordable; it
makes it more expensive by adding a middleman. I know that some patients can afford nothing, so two afternoons a month I volunteer at a clinic that cares for indigent patients, which I could not have done
with the huge patient volume I was seeing a few years ago…