“In the context of burgeoning hospital systems and dwindling private practices, Dr. Schmidt’s talk has renewed my faith in decentralizing healthcare delivery.” ~Jordan Halevy, MS2, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
Physician autonomy is a very powerful idea. Medical school places a very large debt burden on its graduates. Whether students care to admit it or not, this debt load is a highly influential factor in one’s decision regarding a medical specialty. It’s been amusing to observe students’ attitudes as we progress through medical school together.
It is important to note that issues of conscience seem to be an important factor driving participation in health care sharing ministries. Ministries do not allow for sharing expenses that are explicitly outside of the value system, such abortion procedures. … Though HCSMs are not a panacea for all the issues of the U.S. health care system, they provide an avenue to empower patients to use their own health care dollars wisely, receive affordable care, and maintain the freedom to voluntarily “bear one another’s burden.”
I am skeptical that the American government is capable of reaching a perfect solution for healthcare in the immediate future. While I would love just as much as the next person for the government to quickly solve the healthcare problem, in the meantime, I believe that the American people have an equal responsibility in finding a solution for healthcare.
What about the origins of the despair underlying the opioid crisis? Again it can be argued that despair in significant part has arisen from well-intended but misconceived government social and economic policy.