An interesting side bar to the health care “reform” debate. if it was just about providing coverage to an underserved population then none of this other stuff would matter. But the fact is it does matter. This whole enterprise is rife with unintended consequences, which IMHO are best discussed now not after the fact.
Guidelines become suspect. Who is the real beneficiary of the guidelines – the individual patient, or the ‘greater good’ of the population as designated by a government official? The government guidelines, or official, become a third party between the patient and the doctor. The relationship is altered. To some extent, this is already the case with third-party payers and the current level of regulation, but the proposed health care bills take it to another level, entirely.