Friday, January 27, 2012

Orient on Quitting Medicare

The 1/25/2012 Washington Times has published Dr. Jane Orient's OpEd, "Uncle Sam exacts penalty for quitting Medicare".

Federal rules make it extremely difficult for physicians and patients to privately and voluntarily contract for medical services outside of the Medicare system, even when they both wish to.

A good step towards the eventual privatization of medicine would be loosening such onerous Medicare restrictions. Patients and physicians could reap some benefits now, while we work to phase in other free-market reforms.