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Physicians not competent to make health policy

Economists, however, are perfect for the job.

This appears to be the belief of Donald Johnson over at The Business Word:

The Institute of Medicine calls for universal health insurance by 2010.

I'm sorry, but I think this committee is stepping outside its area of core competencies. Most of the committee members are academics and physicians, not economists or policy makers. They're well-meaning but keep putting out reports that lack credibility (emphasis mine).

"Lack credibility?" Only for those who worship at the Church of Omniscient Economics, like Mr. Johnson apparently does. These true believers deny the existence of a) serious disagreements among economists over policy matters, and b) the importance of perspectives other than the economic in formulating policy.

I could make a living out of posting to this blog and explaining how it reveals the ungrounded assumptions of the far right. Apparently, "academics and physicians" aren't "competent" to make health policy decisions, but of course, "economists" always are. As for "policy makers," the nation needs more academic and physician policy makers. They shouldn't all be economists, or America is doomed.

Mr. Johnson, of course, may not actually be a dues-paying member of the Church of Omniscient Economists. He could merely disagree with the conclusions of the Institute of Medicine that our country would benefit from universal health insurance. Unfortunately, countering this argument would take work. Attacking the Institute of Medicine as "incompetent" is much less likely to be successful, but it's much easier.

Comments

Piffle. You, as a non-economist, have an opinion worth exactly squat. I'm not listening!

Saying that physicians are not qualified to make health care policy is like saying politicians aren't qualified to engage in sane politics.

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