Why isn’t the medical profession more active in health insurance policy?

October 23, 2011

I sometimes wonder why doctors, the medical profession, are not in the forefront of the issue of how to provide medical care for the populace. While they often complain they do not get paid enough by insurance, especially government insurance, from my perspective they take a back seat when it comes to how to resolve the problem.

From what little conversations I have had with doctors about this, I get the impression that they are reluctant to commit themselves because they fear if they go too far they might end up with a situation that would not maximize their profits. In this poor economy with so many people having lost their health insurance they may be hurting, but economies are cyclical things and if the economy comes back maybe more people will have insurance and the money will come rolling in. So let’s don’t get hasty about things and push for some form of all-inclusive government health care where we all will be at the mercy of Uncle Sam and Medicare.

Yes, I know we have Obamacare now, but I still have not figured that one out, that is what it does — in my personal case nothing that I know of.

I am not trying to be critical of doctors and at my age and with my health condition, which is having what I am told is an incurable, but slow-moving, cancer, I’m greatly appreciative of them. But it does seem to me that if they would take the long view of it all they might be more active in the issue. And I don’t think Obamacare has settled the issue and I think there is a good chance a Republican will be in the White House in a little over a year (not sure, just have a hunch) and all the candidates, as far as I know, have vowed to do what they can to dismantle Obamacare — then what?

What prompted this post is an article I just read in the online version of the Sacramento Bee newspaper about local dentists feeling the pinch of the economy with so many patients not being able to afford treatments. For some reason, I have noticed, dental insurance is hard to get and is paltry in its payments. I know mine, through work, is. I used up my big $1,000 in yearly allowance and just forked over a pile of bills out of my pocket for further treatment — it you wait on dentist work, the tooth decay and gum recession does not and it costs a lot more or you go without any teeth (that was my thinking). Anyway, it occurred to me that maybe those poor dentists should have been a little more concerned about how to provide dental healthcare to the public at large in the past.

I know that both medical doctors and dentists are busy professionals who spend a lot of time providing care for their patients and maybe feel it is up to the politicians to figure out public policy. Well you can leave it up to them and this is what you get.

But should any of my doctors read this — again, I am not criticizing, really I’m just writing words — it’s my form of recreation, but maybe it is something to ponder.


About dentists losing business to economy: