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.
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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.
“As this wave of free market healthcare solutions emerges, it is important to make sure the government stays out of the way. The free market does work in healthcare if given the chance.” ~Trenton Schmale, DO, BRI chapter founder & past president Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
[Ed. Note: On March 21, 2017, The Indiana Star ran an article by Dr. Richard Feldman on healthcare economics. Dr. Feldman is an Indianapolis family physician and former Indiana health commissioner.] Dr. Richard Feldman’s article “Feldman: Economics Principles Don’t Apply to Healthcare” speaks to the frustrations many of us experience regarding healthcare; like high prices, high […]