Reiham Salam is Confused

Reiham Salam at NRO makes the argument that fee-for-service is the problem in our healthcare system today.

So the simple free market concept of accepting a fee for a service is the problem. He argues that outcomes are what counts. Of course he is right, in a free market economy the outcome is the measure that people use to determine what services they will spend their own hard earned money on.

But when Peter the consumer goes to Mike the doctor and spends Paul the insurance company money on his health care that free market concept is no longer in effect.

The problem is not fee for service, it is your fee for my use of his service. In other words my outcome is paid for by your fee for someone else's service. That's not the free market.

Like I said confused ...

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