Monday, May 8, 2017

The True Face Of 'Health Reform'

Via John

If you want to know why fixing "health care" is so difficult you need only read this article.
From Akron to Youngstown and Canton to Cleveland, as in cities and towns across the country, workers who once walked out of factories at the end of each shift now stream out of hospitals.
While manufacturing employment has fallen nearly 40 percent in northeastern Ohio since 2000, the number of health care jobs in the region has jumped more than 30 percent over the same period. In Akron, the onetime rubber capital of the world, only one of the city’s 10 largest employers still makes tires. Three are hospitals.
If these were doctors and nurses that might be understandable.  But they're not.

They're nearly all paper-pushers who contribute exactly zero to actual consumer care.


  1. This is the truth. I've been in healthcare (radiology) for
    four decades. The number of parasites who never touch a patient has climbed insanely over the years. I attribute much of it to the insane burden of regulations imposed by assholes in office and the ever more complex hoops that the
    insurance companies impose in efforts to avoid paying for billed services. But part of it is because hospitals in the past often promoted from within.....the people running the show used to be doctors, nurses etc. That is fast going away as 'healthcare corporations' now hire MBA's and CFO's and CEO's who don't know DICK about the actual job of taking care of patients. ALL that matters is the bottom line and the process. Thus they deny adding clinical workers and buying capital equipment so the profit margins rise...and
    continuously add layer after layer of paper pushers and parasites to the payroll. I work for a Critical Access Hospital....we have ostensibly 18 IP beds and 6 ER beds.
    We are the ONLY hospital in the county....yet we have TWO
    Public Relations employees whose job is to "make us look good and increase our clientele base". Talk about a waste of money. People don't show up at a hospital because of some commercial or ad. They show up because your ER is the closest or YOUR DOCTOR told you he was admitting you there.
    And that is just one of MANY example of waste. We have probably TWICE as many nonclinical employees as we have clinical ones. And I suspect many places the ratio is even worse. The system is corrupted to the core. The care aspect is being held hostage by the paper pushers, bean counters and bureaucrats. Till that changes things are not going to improve.