$600 toilet seats became famous in WWII, so are tuition and health care today along with everything else provided through government…famous for out-of-reason costs. Obamacare costs are now falling right into that line along with the rest. This still being America, (more or less, anyway) the remains of the once free market are responding to the opportunity government is creating. Walgreen’s will explain.
These low-cost, easy access, no insurance needed clinics are doing what the President predicted for his Obamacare when he was getting it past Congress. They are providing cheaper care while letting patients keep their existing coverage. It’s too soon to know whether it’s better care, but there’s no evidence it isn’t, so far. And no one has to wait weeks for an appointment. The fabled ‘market’ is working its magic, at least until the government is prevailed upon to stop it.
These clinics are relatively new and exist in relatively small numbers as retail goes, to see if the idea is feasible. So far, it’s working; Walgreen’s and CVS have been expanding their numbers. And the Doctors’ Union–excuse please, the American Academy of Family Physicians’ President– is pointing out that these clinics aren’t staffed by -gasp- doctors, but by nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants. Right, and those are who I often see at my doctors’ office these days, though he failed to mention that…
So watch and see; will the market provide us a revolution in affordable health care at retail? Or will compassionate government kill the infant in its crib? Doctors have avoided honest price competition for decades, with government. help. But now the government is paying a huge chunk of their fees from shrinking resources and it isn’t happy about it. The good Docs may find the comfy bed they climbed into with government is becoming less comfy… as have many before them.