From your reference:
The profession of doctors, which 61 percent considered very prestigious in 1977, now gets the same rating from only 52 percent. "In 1977, we didn't have HMOs," explains Corso. "We had doctors that would make house calls."
And this is even using the term "prestigious", which is different than "lack of resentment". I certainly wouldn't deny doctors are given a lot of prestige.
You don't hold someone you resent as being prestigious. Please look that up in the dictionary. Also, you still haven't shown me this data regarding all of this resentment towards physicians. DJ, could you please provide that?
For insured patients, the naturopath is typically more expensive than the physician billing 5 times as much. And if you get clobbered by a truck and are bleeding on the road, your ability to negotiate over care disappears.
Ok DJ, you are hit by a car and have multiple broken bones and a brain bleed. The helmet did its job, but you still have a serious head injury. You are still conscious and aware. EMS arrives and asks you where you want to go. What do you say 1) UCSF Medical Center/SFGH/Stanford Medical Center or 2) naturopath/nurse practioner/physician assistant? I bet you say #1.
Doctors in the US are paid substantially more than those anywhere else:
And your point is what? It is a free market system. We are not in a socialized system where wages are artifically influenced. Oh btw, engineers in the US are paid substantially more than those anywhere else
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and Americans spend more on health care than any other major nation (see data in this spreadsheet
), even as a fraction of GDP.
the rate has been steadily increasing over the decades.
I don't disagree we spend more money on health care than other countries. But that is NOT the fault of physicians. It is the fault of the system, politics, policies, health insurance companies...etc. Don't blame the innocent man.
I don't want an endless debate on this, but it's clear to me there's a major problem here
with the medical profession and, more generally, public health policy. That physicians generally are doing exceptionally well on the system (I keep hearing how hard it is financially, but the general standard of living among physicians is obviously extremely high, hence this thread on the Parlees and Serottas) makes them an obvious target for people's dissatisfaction.
The issue is public health care policy, not physicians. Why are you so against physicians making an honest buck. We don't sit around drinking coffee all day long. lol
Here is where you health care money goes: