Sunday, February 1, 2015
Healthcare: Would our system become like the US?
I got this from an NYT article, "Medicare Payments Surge for Stents to Unblock Blood Vessels in Limbs"
I am interested and worried about this article because I wonder when our health system would become as business minded as the American one. Anecdotally we have seen the signs of that for sometime now. We are reminded that we are actively pursuing healthcare as a major revenue generator. It is a matter of time the commercial habit infect public healthcare too. More than a handful of doctors were already caught for peddling codeine laced cough syrup. There are many more less risky but irresponsible treatments they could use to maximize profits without commensurate health benefits.
During my last visit to the dentist, he was at pains indirectly trying to tell me he wasn't recommending unnecessary treatments. I surmised some patients must have felt that way and so he is preempting every patient now?
There are some very honest and responsible doctors but I am afraid their numbers are declining.
I just found this in the NYT which is only a couple of days after the article I shared above. Really I can't help thinking if America today is Singapore tomorrow. This government has not inspired enough confidence why it wouldn't be. In fact it would be good if Johor competes against Singapore in medical services and so put a cap on how fast and high ours could go.
Posted by PengYou at 9:50 PM