Re: Is this how health IT regulation works (or doesn't)?
Pointing to extreme cases doesn't prove your point. So the only time you go to a doctor is when you have a heart attack or some other emergency? There's no potential for more competitive pricing when it comes to such things as blood tests, basic exams, X-rays, and vaccinations? We're already seeing market alternatives emerge in those and other areas, but as long as the government or some insurer picks up the bill, isolating the consumer from the cost, costs will continue to soar. People will continue to let their doctor run a barrage of unnecessary tests. They'll continue to run to the doctor every time they have the sniffles. There needs to be more of a connection between the consumer and the cost. Paying my taxes is a need, not a want, too, but I shop around for a good, cost-effective accountant because the government or my insurer isn't picking up the tab. We won't shop for all medical services, of course. But we need to start putting some pressure on medical practices to become more efficient.