Saturday, February 18, 2006

Bidding for medical care

Auction websites have proven to be very successful, and provide a very healthy marketplace for both buyers and sellers. Why can't they be used to provide medical care at competitive pricing levels ?
Hospitals are expensive institutes to run, and an empty bed is a waste of precious resources. Hospitals which have free beds or operation theater slots can offer them to consultants at a discounted price. Similarly, doctors who have free time on their appointment diary can offer to see patients at discounted rates.
Why not let the marketplace decide a "fair rate" ? Isn't this much better than letting the hospital bed get wasted by allowing it to lie empty ?

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