Should doctors profit from medicine?

I recall a conversation on the Rush Limbaugh show many years ago. A medical school student called in to explain why he was in favor of socialized medicine. He wanted to make sure that everyone who needed medical care could get it.

Rush had an answer for that. He suggested that once he completed his training, he should give his services away for free.

“What?”

The tone of the kid’s voice spoke volumes.

It seems people become doctors expect some form of reward for all the work involved.

Stephen Green offers this:

Regarding my earlier post about socialized medicine, Longtime Sharp VodkaPundit Reader™ RBJ commented:

People are self-nterested, not virtuous. I want really smart people to go into medicine because they want to make money to provide for a good life for themselves and their families.

Take away that financial incentive, and the best and brightest will find other things to do. Meaning the quality of doctors and nurses, et al., will go down.

And before that, BobB59 said, “Will they acknowledge the inevitable doctor shortage with that plan? I’m not holding my breath.”

Indeed.

This all goes back to my oft-stated belief that modern progressivism is a form of high-tech feudalism.

Under the old feudalism, there were serfs who worked the land, lords who lorded over them, ladies who tended to the lords, etc. Everyone knew their place and remained in their place, forever.

Progressivism “works,” such as it does, under the conceit that there are doctor-units who perform medicine, business-units who provide goods and services, teacher-units who teach, student-units who learn, etc. And — this is the vital bit — all those units perform their assigned tasks, and will continue to do so, regardless of incentives.

When all those person-units don’t conform to progressive wishes, that’s when progressives turn nasty. Which is in most instances pretty much right away.

But don’t worry, comrade. You will be made to conform. In the end, you will love Big Brother.