Reach Upwards penned a post about how the health care system came close to failing his father. When his father was in the hospital for a stroke, the specialists and nurses seemed were so wrapped up in filling out all of the forms and following procedure that they almost killed the patient.
The implication of the post is that this gaffaw was somehow a failure of the free markekt. I think it is actually a better example of the failure of employer funded health care.
The health care practicianers were attentive to the needs of the buyer ... the insurance company.
It neglected the needs of the patient.
The product of insurance dominated health care, after all, is a transaction between the hospital bureaucracy and insurance bureaucracy.
The free market is doing what the free market does. The sellers of the product were attentive and optimized for the buyer's need.
If fewer people had insurance, and bought health care directly, then the system would be optimized for the needs of the people.
Unfortunately, since humans aren't part of the equation, we, the people don't get the care we deserve.
Mr. Hinrichs' health care experience would be completely different if people were the buyers.
I slammed a smarmy little retort on the blog entry: In a system where bureaucracies pay bureaucracies, the patients come out dead last.
After writing this post, I learned that one of my neighbors died a few days ago after back surgery. I have no doubt the paperwork was handled in a very professional manner. We are being processed through the machine quite efficiently.