I wanted to comment on Stephanie’s post about the Medical Bureaucracy and new problems that are created by the new heath plan in the United States. I found this article that does a good job talking about the problems facing primary care within the new reforms:
“The 2009–10 health reform effort has addressed two interrelated crises: declining health insurance coverage, and high and rising costs. A third crisis also has captured the attention of policy makers: the decline of primary care.”
Basically not enough med students are choosing to go into primary care, and therefore the primary care doctors are being swamped. With fifteen minute appointments, how can doctors possibly effectively do their jobs? How is this different from societies that have socialized health care? How does this relate to SES?