We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I've seen some innovative business models in the last few years that doctors & their business partners have used successfully to leverage the profitable areas of medicine. One large medical practice I'm familiar with spends their day seeing patients who are, as the business mgr calls them, "pass throughs", on whom they make no money, being mostly Medicaid. Those patients, however, give the practice access to the profitable area, the prescriptions, which they capture in their in-house pharmacy. This patient base of government wards would put the average medical practice out of business, and if the pharmacy profit opportunity is lost, this practice will go under.
Profits are ugly words to Progressives. They speak of freedom, individual risk and reward, and personal property rights. The Democrat goal is no-profit, Castro-like healthcare.
It is not your doctor you should fear losing. It is your doctor's freedom and your own that are in peril.
Great headline, Bruce ..."Access to a waiting list is not access to medical care." In fact, the waiting list thing is one of the universal medical care systems' nefarious ways of rationing medical care. In Britain or Canada, you call a physician's office to say that you've had a heart attack or some other medical emergency, and when can you have an appointment with the doctor for tests and evaluation, and the nurse says something like "Oh what a shame...Let me see. The doctor can see you two months from now." You could die waiting that two months. In fact, many patients do. This may be a little bit exaggerated, but not much.
Why do you think Canadians cross into the United States to get prompt emergency attention for life-threatening medical problems? It's not just a low tolerance for pain. It's a high resistence toward dying.