In the category of “duh” , I would like to submit that some smart people have figured out that doctors are more qualified to run hospitals than business administrators. Sure, it may be that good hospitals just happen to have physician CEOs, or physical CEO just happen to chose good hospitals to run, but I think it is probably because doctors know more about health care than freaking business majors!
For example, I don’t see a doctor trying to save money by reusing needles, which is the stupid thing an out-patient surgery center in Los Vegas decided to do. To quote: “clinic staff told inspectors they had been ordered by management to reuse the vials and syringes.” Turns out that move may have infected 40,000 with the potentially fatal hepatitis C virus and/or to HIV. Because some numskull figured out sterilized needles were expensive, 40,000 people may get an early grave. I’m going out on a limb here, and declare that manager an asshat.
Although to be fair, there is at least one cases where a doctor was that damn dumb. Robert Stokes, a dermatologist from Grand Rapids, Michigan was sent to prison for medical fraud … and he just happened to reuse a bunch of needles too. There are also two cases, one in Nebraska and one in Oklahoma, where a nurse used the same needle on multiple patients. I’m sure there are more.
Still, I cannot help but think that hospitals should be run by doctors. The more middle men, the more bullshit, which means that the more money needs to be spread around more so the more stuff costs. More is the word, people. I also think hospitals should be non-profit organizations … just enough money to pay all the staff & buy supplies, with no investors and stockholders and chairmen and other such monkey business.
Did y’all know that France was declared the best medical system on the planet by the World Health Organization? It nationalized health care, where human life is considered more valuable than the bottom line. Of course, it’s not utopian, which allows naysayers to point out the lack of achievable perfection and sneer at universal health care. Of course, number one is a hell of a lot more utopian than no. 37, which is where the US ranks despite spending more on health care per person than anywhere in the world.
I wonder how Sweet Babou feels about learning French?