DreamGoddessLindsey wrote:The easiest way to cut medical costs is to forbid profit from it at a regulation level. Hospitals have proven they will charge however much they can get away with, and so will everyone above them in the chain. Doctors have become lazy, equipment is too expensive, and the poor pay the price. Universal healthcare, quite frankly, is the only solution. Medicine and capitalism are a really really really bad mix.
This is another rather idealistic view of things. You can't hope to cut profits from the industry and somehow expect it to continue functioning. Profit plays a role in every relatively functional healthcare system. And more to the point, profit must play a role to be compatible with a society that ties survival to money.
To an extent, money is also important for providing business with the incentive to innovate (whether medical devices or medication), or for a doctor to strive to become the best rather than simply adequate. A degree of money must be involved for a professional to offset the time and resources that go into a greater education.
Here again, the problem is in taking the observation too far. In reality, doctors aren't the greatest perpetrators of the exorbitant costs in our healthcare providers. The greatest offenders are actually those mentioned above—the likes of medical device manufacturers/suppliers and pharmaceuticals. People love to defend them (and the United States system) by saying it is the great profit which allows for great medical innovation, but that's only true to a point. The amount of profit they charge, typically, far exceeds the amount they spend on R&D, carrying them from the bounds of honest industry into corruption (again in my opinion—some think any amount of profit is A-OK).