Can Private Sector Health Care Take Hold in the U.S.?

Walgreen's Clinic$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.

It ought to be interesting and informative to watch, if it lasts.And still informative even if it doesn’t…     

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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3 Responses to Can Private Sector Health Care Take Hold in the U.S.?

  1. the unit says:

    The year was 1955. Then one may have heard the following at the drug store, barber shop, or on the street.
    The list is quite long. I give one that seems to fit here.

    “The fast food restaurant is convenient for a quick meal, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.”

    • Jack Curtis says:

      Yup, the market wanted them and they caught on all right. Seems to me, though, that the regulators are starting to go after them, responding to the lefty obesity shtick. With the drugstore clinics, the doctors’ groups are already worried and they fund a lot of politicians. But you have a good analogy; the market sure needs them!

      • the unit says:

        And fast forward 20 years…”you can always recognize a democrat, he’s got his hand in someone elses pocket.” 🙂 Then again fast forward another 35 from 1975, not a dime’s worth of difference between the parties, oops, someone said that 45 years ago. Oh well, I get tongue tied trying to keep up with that stuff, or at least babbling idiot status.

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