When I began receiving Medicare benefits I also opted into an HMO which revolves around a local hospital chain. They need the business (the profitable business) my potential healthcare needs will bring.
I am understanding more about the Hospital Industrial Complex. It’s huge business.
I have been to more buildings in more different places with the name “Hoag” on the door than you can imagine. Hospital groups are trying to carve out safe territories they can dominate. Hoag is doing that here.
They have bought up or affiliated with dozens of practices. They are often the landlord too. Most of my docs are in brand new and beautiful Hoag medical office parks. Hoag runs labs and imaging centers there too. One-stop shopping for medical care.
Nothing is generalized. Everything is specialized and the specialties are simultaneously turning narrower and deeper at a rapid pace.
Hoag is a non-profit. What does that even mean in 2016?
There are a lot more high earners working there than most non-profits. The last president made around $1.2 million a year. The hospital brings in more than it spends and is supported by a foundation with a nine figure endowment.
I have a greater understanding why universal healthcare scares Republicans. The care I’m getting is expensive. Nothing is reused. Nothing is cheap. It’s very labor intensive. The government is mainly covering my tab.
Other countries have found ways to provide these services much cheaper and with better results overall. Maybe healthcare should be run by the government? Maybe the profit motive needs to be removed from healthcare entirely? Drugs, I’m talking to you too.
In the meantime I’m getting more and better attention than expected — though what does one expect? No one considers they might get cancer or any other peril. I’m glad I’m not forced to get less care.