Sunday, May 19, 2013

Absolute must-read: "How Government Killed the Medical Profession".

One of my favorite websites is Reason.com.  If you want a reason why (pun intended), look no further than this article that appeared on their website just a few weeks ago.  In it, Jeffery Singer chronicles his growing disillusionment and disgust with the growth of government in the medical profession during his 30+ years as a general surgeon.  Singer, who is also an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, gets straight to the point:
I am a general surgeon with more than three decades in private clinical practice. And I am fed up. Since the late 1970s, I have witnessed remarkable technological revolutions in medicine, from CT scans to robot-assisted surgery. But I have also watched as medicine slowly evolved into the domain of technicians, bookkeepers, and clerks.  Government interventions over the past four decades have yielded a cascade of perverse incentives, bureaucratic diktats, and economic pressures that together are forcing doctors to sacrifice their independent professional medical judgment, and their integrity. The consequence is clear: Many doctors from my generation are exiting the field.
His article is full of fascinating, yet infuriating, anecdotes and observations about the destructiveness of the growth in bureaucracy, red tape, and central planning in the medical fields during his career.  He is an excellent writer, but his somewhat lengthy article requires serious attention; however, it repays the effort with interest.  This article should be required reading for all, but particularly for those who still support the Obamacare Monster.