Today's single payer post: Doctors in Kansas
At the end of a long presentation outlining new services, new doctors, new facilities and a growth in income this year at a rate greater than the growth of the economy, Dr. Kent Palmberg, the unusually savvy and successful senior vice-president and chief medical officer of Stormont Vail HealthCare, sighed and quietly said, "I'm not sure where all this is going, but we'll probably end up with something like Medicare for all."
He added, "I'm not sure that's all bad. They pay promptly, predictably and adequately, with a minimum of paperwork. That beats costly fighting with scores of insurance companies, plus caring for the many uninsured."
Palmberg's audience was about 35 retired physicians, men and women who had provided good medical care for Kansans over some, or all, of the last 50 years, and who participated in the unprecedented growth of our profession.
I watched closely. None flinched, none shook his head or raised her hand to register an objection.
Everyone is coming to the obvious conclusion: single payer is the only practical solution.