I’ve been getting to the point lately that the system needs to undergo some catastrophic collapse before it will get better.
As the Happy Hospitalist says:
Here’s my position. It’s time to let the cuts stand. Congress should not reverse the 10.6% cuts that began in July 1st 2008. And here’s why: The financial mess we are in now is entirely a result of third party interference of the doctor-patient relationship.
He’s absolutely correct in the assessment that the doctors are to blame. If only we didn’t prostitute ourselves by signing some of these outrageous contracts it might be better.
I say let the cuts go through. Then soon, both doctors and hospitals will soon realize that they cannot afford to take care of patients for the contracted rates and might actually grow the brass ones to cancel all of their contracts, including Medicare.