Doctors still wealthy despite insurance


It’s selfish and mean spirited for any physician to publicly ridicule any health care system. Under any of the systems – the Affordable Care Act, United Health Care, Humana, Anthem, etc., even the doctors that graduated from the lowest rated national medical schools make a handsome living.

The doctor that whines about these health care systems belongs to one of the most powerful unions in the United States, the American Medical Association. If this mighty union cannot break the stranglehold the health insurers have over doctors, then welcome to the reality of free enterprise and the Supreme Court rulings that corporations are people too.

There was a time when I was growing up in the 1950s, if I had to see a doctor, his office was above the Second National Bank building. Nothing fancy but clean and efficient. He examined me, and if I needed tests or further diagnosis, he sent me to a hospital.

That has changed. Now a doctor’s office is a mini clinic, complete with diagnostic tools and operating rooms, and of course art on the walls and piped in symphonic music.

Stop the whining, doc; your profession has done very well since the 1950s.

And if there is a blame to tag on to our current problems with healthcare, blame your own profession for not having the courage to confront the health insurers in its infancy.

Or were things too cushy then?

Ian McAleer