Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Fools for proof

When last we left U of Missouri-St. Louis distinguished professor of political science Kenneth Thomas, he was saying; Markets improve efficiency for lots of things, but healthcare clearly isn't one of them.

Then he reasoned, Shut up!

So we guess this from The Tacoma News Tribune won't exactly be music to his ears;
An ache, a pain, something gone sore?
Tacoma-based MultiCare is offering a new service for patients with not-so-severe complaints. If you’d like to see a doctor but you don’t want to go to a doctor’s office — there’s a fresh app for that.
MultiCare announced Tuesday that it had inked a partnership agreement with Doctor On Demand, a service that offers real-time, face-to-face video access to a board certified physician.
Silly us, but that does sound like markets improve efficiency for healthcare. Specifically;
Callers will be pre-screened to identify the specific health complaint, and a physician will come online within 90 seconds, according to a MultiCare news release. The physician will diagnose the problem, and can send a prescription to a local pharmacy if appropriate. If the condition is serious, the physician might advise that the patient seek immediate care at a clinic or an emergency room.
Which will cost all of $40.
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