This is a cautionary tale, especially with the current Jefferson County hospital district commissioner election and the drumbeat to elect a businessman over a medical professional. The good news is that there have been a lot of unanimous votes to support the hospital administration here in Jefferson County by the board of commissioners, even as they argue amongst themselves.
The article points out that business forces are continuing to take over our medical systems. it is the most common complaint that I hear from medical professionals. Some of the issues raised in this story are at play here in Jefferson County, mainly the issues of measuring doctors performances, and the licensing of doctors to practice at the hospital. Oddly, many of the doctors here want more business people to run the hospital and it’s Commissioners, it’s like they can’t even seem to see the forest for the trees. Those same doctors have complained that they dislike the fact they no longer control their practices. They also have no idea of what the hospitals are charging for all the tests that they are continuingly wanting to have people do before they issue a diagnosis, nor the fact that patients have little to no idea of what any of it costs.