Quote from DoGoodThenGo
When Medicare first came into being healthcare systems welcomed the plan because at least they would get something for beds that might otherwise lay empty. Medicaid along the same lines, in that again those providing health care for the indigent got some sort of payment.
Medicare money not only filled empty beds, it also built many new ones -- hospitals expanded using the infusion of Medicare cash, and now that Medicare has to cut back, hospitals across the country are closing.
There are not enough checks and balances in place to make sure that government money goes to where it is most needed. Not that I think privatized healthcare is doing that great of a job either -- seems that you pay insurance companies to find ways NOT to treat you.