I absolutely agree with this concept.
I understand the US is undergoing some change with regard to your health care. We have a social healthcare system in Australia and are encouraged to see GPs rather than go to emergency rooms, which I agree with, however a lot of us still have problems finding a GP who will oversee all of our basic healthcare needs. Too bad if you want to get in to see them in under a week as well, unless you want to see another GP.
I find myself (in my 30s no less, a time when you should be looking at your heatlhcare more seriously), requesting my GP to refer me for bloods (chol, blood glucose etc) and I can't remember the last time my BP was taken as I keep forgetting to ask them to do it (?! :icon_roll). They are good (?overly cautious) with some things (PAP smears, mammograms for example are a big focus here) but with other things not so much. There is research which suggests we are over managed in terms of screening for PAPs and mammograms which are yearly to two yearly, depending on your circumstances - we seem to be one of the countries where patients have the most unnecessary invasive procedures (such as breast biopsies for abnormalities in scans, moles being removed because they look suspicious rather than a wait and see approach, treatment for women with abnormal PAP smears which are low level). Not saying these things shouldn't be done, they obviously save people's lives, but I've had 2 procedures myself, around ten years apart for dodgy PAP smears which were largely unnecessary due to the low level abnormality but because of this history, my current GP insists I need a yearly PAP (I am awaiting HPV test results to find out if I need to continue this but am going off the track now).
In my country, GPs are becoming pretty thin on the ground, due to probable burnout and not much money or respect for such an important job (sounds like another type of job eh?) but I am paying them to look after my health - admittedly only about half the actual cost but still, I shouldn't need to ask them to send me for tests.
On paper at least, we have a system which advocates patients being pro-active and preventing ill-health by lifestyle changes, however we are still at the mercy of pharmaceutical companies dictating to doctors and patients the advantages of popping a pill so money is obviously a factor.
I'm mostly happy with the healthcare here, but it's definitely gone downhill.