Posted 03 November 2005 - 01:36 PM
It seems to me that a national single-payer health care system, while not perfect, would be better than what we currently have now, which is essentially rationing by price and insurance availability.
Also, some sort of effective system for sanctioning medical incompetence, neglect and gross malfeasance, other than lawsuits alone, is needed as well.
Perhaps, a combination of monetary fines, licence suspensions or bans, and, in particularly egregious cases, where permanent injury, disfigurement or death has resulted because of a medical practitioner's carelessness, criminal sanctions, including, especially in the case of a patient's death, imprisonment for substantial periods of time.
Combined with a variant on the Continental European system, as practised in France and Germany, among other countries, of setting strict monetary values on the loss of an appendage, limb, organ, etc, due to medical malpractice, and we could have, while imperfect, a much more rational and equitable health-care system than we currently do in this country.
Incidentally, by medical practitioners, I mean not only doctors, but nurses, orderlies, hospital administrative staff, and employees at all levels, but especially at the executive levels, of pharmaceutical companies, as all of these people contribute to the further betterment, or detriment, of a patient's welfare.