There’s been a lot of talk lately about privatizing parts of our health care system. Some people claim it will be the end of the world and the model won’t work out.

Most people are unaware that there are already a lot of private interests in our health care system. The biggest private involvement is your local doctor’s office. If you look any official documentation, you’ll see that you paid a visit to the “Dr. Smith Professional Corporation”.  Yes, your family doctor is a corporation. Medicare pays out a set rate for each office visit. Out of that, your doctor then has to pay for the receptionist, nurses, rent, tongue depressors, etc. Anything left over is considered a profit.

How is this different than someone buying an MRI machine, and then charging Medicare for each time it gets used?  Wouldn’t the most obvious solution be to just extend the model that exists already?