All Ponzi schemes are unstable and doomed to fail. Medicare and Social “Security” will be no different.
The yearly postponement of SGR cuts was a bribefest held to tease and extort corporate health cronies and physicians. The “doc fix” was not an exception: just look at all the “stakeholders” acknowledged in its 263 pages.
The purpose of the SGR was to delay the bankruptcy and end of Medicare. The doc fix will hasten it.
Central to the progressive goal of controlling the practice of medicine — and to the success of the [Un]affordable Care Act (UCA) — is the need to push physicians into employment contracts with hospitals. As hospital employees, doctors are easier to control, and less able to act as uncompromising advocates for their patients.
Fear leads many doctors to succumb to “offers” of hospital employment they would otherwise not entertain. The threat of massive SGR cuts was a great fear generator.
Read entire article via The ‘Doc Fix’ and the end of Medicare – The Highland County Press – Hillsboro, Ohio.
Right on target as usual, Dr.Smith. Like all third-party schemes that physicians have allowed themselves to be drawn into, the only force strong enough to break the stranglehold these crony cartels have on healthcare is not to participate. Leave the contract between the subscriber and the insurer or health plan. If doctors remain independent and represent our patients only, the HMO/PPO plans and government plans will no choice but to change or die. The “products” and the control they wield over doctors and patients would evaporate virtually overnight as Dr. Smith has articulated. My hope is that finally the profession will play that ace before it is too late.