Comments on: A practical way to save Europe http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2012/06/22/a-practical-way-to-save-europe/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:37:11 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: WouldChuk http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2012/06/22/a-practical-way-to-save-europe/comment-page-1/#comment-19444 Sun, 24 Jun 2012 11:11:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=10971#comment-19444 Follow-Up … we are still throwing hard earned money (one of economic’s fundamental “scarce” resources–land, labor and capital), at very expensive “old” ways of doing things. The sooner we wake up to realities of the world today, the sooner we can provide more “things” and “services” to people, and thus create new jobs for people who will be making, packing, shipping and selling said “goods” and “services.”

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By: WouldChuk http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2012/06/22/a-practical-way-to-save-europe/comment-page-1/#comment-19443 Sun, 24 Jun 2012 11:07:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=10971#comment-19443 No soft-footing around, but these view still miss what IS the REAL problem in America, I suspect in Europe and around the globe–The old forms and norms (paradigms) of the way we do almost everything needs to change. One example, healthcare in the US–easy to solve, put a “First Care” clinic attached to every grocery store or supermarket store that has a pharmacy. Staff it with “Nurse-Practitioners” or PA’s Physician Assistants. Fees can be much lower than the $60 I pay to see my doctor about a “sore throat?” I’ve been going to the same doctor for 20 years, I know what he will say and the medicines he will prescribe, but to get the medicines, I have to see him “first.” How absurd for a physician who has been to college and medical school, then residency in a hospital 12 years of education, just to diagnose a “sore throat.” Should they not be using all that “fire-power” of learning on the really serious issues? Then I pay another $60 for medicines. Or, if a suitable “generic” is on the $4 list (older drugs) I can escape without a big bill at the pharmacy. So, have the private sector, investors, be limited to the number of these “First Care” clinics they can own in a given area (this assures competition and thus lower prices) and make the cost of a visit a sliding scale based on income. The lowest fee might be $4 and then medicine just $4. But, the entire “Medical Industrial Complex” of America stands firmly against such a thing–“horrors!” doctors might not make as much money as they now do?? The AMA would lobby (and they’re RICH, so their lobbying would succeed) so the issues we face now will continue, until a global depression takes ALL of us down, and then things will change, when the HAVE TO CHANGE rather than make a sensible transition. And, medicine is just one HUGE EXPENSIVE BEAST waiting to be broken up into smaller and less expensive units. It could work, it would be all too easy, but the one thing the article here does clearly set forth, it’s the “political unwillingness” not practicalities that stand in the way. We ought to be “enlightened” enough to break-up the “Medical Industrial Complex,” the “Educational Industrial Complex,” the Military Industrial Complex,” the Agribusiness Industrial Complex, the “Legal Industrial Complex,” the “Petroleum Industrial Complex,” (alternative fuels) on and on ad infinitum! THE ISSUES and potential solutions so clearly surround us and yet the matter that gets in the way–“We’ve never done it that way before!” “We have standards and practices which have to be followed!” Etc., etc., puke!!!

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