What doctors don't know

I went to a birthday party recently where several guests were 50-ish doctors.

Most of what they said I had heard many times before. They grumbled about lawyers and explained that "we went to med school to treat patients, not to spend half our time filling out forms and fighting with insurance adjusters."

But two bits were new to me. First, none of them knew the story of how health insurance came to be tied to employment. Second, none of them seemed to understand how consumers might benefit from knowing prices before walking into a doctor's office.


They really need to learn the basic facts about the system they've been operating in for decades. Especially before opining on how to fix it.

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