Have you ever wondered why you cant talk to your doctor by phone or by email? Or why a doctor cant examine you in your own home using a phone app? Or why specialists at our top hospitals arent using telemedicine for long-distance examinations of patients all over the country? Or why its so hard to combine ordinary health insurance with a concierge doctor?
In each of these cases normal market processes have been suppressed by unwise government policies.
And, thats just the beginning. It turns out that the most serious problems in the health care marketplace are almost always the result of ill-conceived public policies. Yet this observation is very rarely made in health policy circles.
For most of the past half century, health economics has been dominated by the idea that private sector medicine has numerous flawsflaws that must be corrected by government.