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|User Info||A One-Sentence Bill To Force The Health-Care Issue; entered at 2017-08-08 22:24:51|
I like the idea, but I'm not in favor of the government limiting the rights of anyone. Including the right to charge what you feel your work is worth. With that in mind, I would simply adapt your proposal to apply to any provider that participates in Medicare. |
Giving providers the option of working on the "private" or "public" system has several benefits. It will improve quality, it finances innovation, and it gives the government an incentive to maintain compensation at market levels.
With fixed pricing, the only variable that will determine how much or how little a provider earns is quantity. In large cites, where demand is high, fixed pricing encourages a "treat 'em and street 'em " attitude. The more you treat the more you make, so quality of care suffers. In small towns, where demand is low, you will have a shortage of providers because they will be no incentive to provide for small population areas.
In order to compete, private providers will have to provide higher quality care than public providers. This includes innovating new treatments that are not on the Medicare schedule.
The private and public systems will have to compete for labor. If the Medicare schedule is set too low, a shortage of public providers will occur. It will require that the pricing be maintained at a level that is closer to the fair market price for the service.
I'm 100% behind the idea of putting your conditions on providers that accept Medicare, but I do not think the Government should have the right to dictate how much your services are worth. Allowing the private options gives individuals in medicine the choice of working for the government controlled system, or working for themselves.