Monday, July 19, 2010

Another flaw in the health insurance deform law

Apparently, the building of doctor-owned hospitals is banned, and the expansion of them is heavily regulated.  So in the name of reducing overhead and reducing healthcare costs, the government has decided to require increased overhead and to create yet another barrier to entry.  Government also prohibits them from receiving Medicare and Medicaid patients--how nice if you're on that program, and a doctor owned facility is the only one within an hour of your home that does what you need done.

The article is a fascinating illustration of the theory of rent-seeking, and unfortunately, it appears that the American Hospital Association has been successful in getting their rent.


Palm boy said...

This may be the worst news I've read today, thank you.

Bike Bubba said...

At your service!

("Bike Bubba; dealing daily depression to a dozen deserving readers!")