Letter: Government health care could hurt quality of doctors


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Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2013, 3:08 pm
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I believe government health care and government-controlled hospitals would be a horrible idea. When the government takes control of an area of our country like that, it will only hurt us.

The first reason it would be bad is the quality of the doctors. When doctors get patients, no matter how they perform, and if they get paid no matter how much they do, doctors will become complacent.

Doctors will not have motivation to please their patients and give good service because the government will pay them either way, and they will not lose patients because those people will have no choice.

Another reason government-controlled health care will hurt our society is how quickly people who need help will get it. When someone else is paying for the hospital, a patient will be more likely to make more visits to the hospital. Therefore, emergency lines will be longer, and waiting lists will be longer.
On the other hand, how hospitals operate now, for the most part, is a much better system. When a doctor knows his income depends on how good of a doctor he is, he strives to become a better doctor and is motivated to actually care about his patients and try to help them.

The doctor takes care of the patient because he needs his business. Good doctors are rewarded for being good doctors, and bad doctors do not make money. It is the best system for everyone.

Nathan Freeman,
Silvis

















 



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