- Create an independent federal agency that requires submission of all new medical procedures and proposes a fair price.
- Further cut Medicare prices for physician services.
- Focus the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, created by the PPACA, to evaluate the benefits new medical services provide for the money.
- Allow people to import cheaper doctors from Canada or Mexico for personal use. Force them to live on Canadian or Mexican wages while working in the United States.
- Passing new laws to make it easier for nurses, nurse practitioners, general contractors and other allied medical personnel (or just plain interested amateurs) to perform medical procedures.
- Make it more difficult for physicians to find other sources of income, such as supplements, ancillary services or daytime television talk shows.
- Encouraging organizations like the American Chemical Society to protest high physician wages.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
7 solutions to the high cost of physician services
Apropos of comments from oncologists about high cancer drug prices*, here are my seven solutions to the problem of high physician service prices:
(Note: this is satire. I do not actually support any of the above. I think protests like these are something that pharmaceutical companies will have to live with as long as they decide to price debatably lifesaving treatments at stonkeringly high numbers. I am merely irritated, because I see this as a PR move on the part of physicians. I don't see them advocating for a cut in their wages** to help out patients, but they sure don't mind trying to cut mine.)
*Here's a good and serious Matt Herper piece on it. I want to think about his piece more.
** The median oncologist made about $290,000.