Health Care News on Clinics and Competition
Hat tip to Kling at EconLog :
Mayor Thomas M. Menino embarked on a highly public campaign yesterday to block CVS Corp. and other retailers from opening medical clinics inside their stores, an effort that exposed a rift between Menino and the state's public health commissioner, a longtime ally.
...The decision by the state Public Health Council, "jeopardizes patient safety," Menino said in a written statement. "Limited service medical clinics run by merchants in for-profit corporations will seriously compromise quality of care and hygiene. Allowing retailers to make money off of sick people is wrong."
In a separate letter, Menino urged members of the city's Public Health Commission to consider barring the clinics from Boston.
There's just so much wrong here. From rhetoric to results, this simply stinks of politics, stupidity, corruption and anti-market nanny-state special-interest laden JUNK.
I'm sure doctors are happy to not have to compete with nurses and health technicians for low level services. Talk of public safety is pure nonsense. If people feel safe getting low level care from lower level people, it's their CHOICE. I would feel safe. But then again, it's not about safety and they know it. It's about protecting vested interests from competition. Nobody's going to go for complex procedure at a clinic. People's choices and preferences would sort out who does what....just like with most other things that work just fine without this nonsense.