Protecting the Health and Well-Being of What?
A CD post yesterday linked to a Wichita Eagle story about Walgreens becoming the first national retailer to bring in-store, walk-in clinics to the Wichita market.
Who would possibly object to low-cost, convenient, patient-friendly, market-driven, retail health care clinics in Wichita?
The local AMA cartel of course, aka the Medical Society of Sedgwick County, which drafted a resolution that suggests that retail health care clinics present "multiple dilemmas to Kansas physicians," such as:
1. It hasn't yet been determined whether this entrepreneurial approach to health care delivery enhances or further fragments patient health care.
2. The value of a team approach to health care is subverted in “retail health care” alternatives to the detriment of the patient.
3. A concern about the quality of health care delivered by a mid-level professional practicing in a semi-autonomous setting and the quality of the supervision delivered by the attending physician.
4. The potential for inappropriate referring of patients needing expanded health care.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The Kansas Medical Society ask the Kansas Medical Society Task Force to specifically address the issue of “retail health clinics” as a part of their on-going study and make specific policy recommendations that protect the health and well-being of patients.
MP: My inner economist suspects that the Kansas physicians might also want to "protect the health and well-being of their medical cartel and above-market wages."