Quote from crna2007
you can always ask for a paycut to lower prices for women, children, minorities, and the elderly.
...why didn't you include the category "men," in this list?
also why the provocative reponse? obviously even if nurses did take a pay cut it would be a drop in the bucket and not influence the rate of per capita spending as the boomers age. did you even read the article?
hm2viking, thanks for this article. the necessity of certain expensive prcedures and technology has always been of interest to me. i have seen sometimes a scenario where the company manufacturing the technology has the most at stake in terms of getting the procedure adopted by physicians. when in doubt, follow the money right?? these issues face private as well as medicare systems:
[color="olive"]"increasing health care costs represent a challenge for private as well as governmental payers, and the trends in both sectors largely reflect the same underlying forces."
and this is always the frustrating point - i think especially for nurses who are sometimes struggling with lack of staff and suppplies etc:
[color="olive"]"meanwhile, despite the high cost of the u.s. health care system, the degree to which it promotes the population's health remains unclear." you just wish sometimes you could put some of the high-tech but useless budget items by the wayside and fully fund proper nursing care and education.....
interesting article - and yet another way the boomer demographic is influencing major factors in american life. the writers are bringing up some touchy issues - but necessary if we want healthcare in the u.s. to be about "health!" there's a link to another free article by drs. orszag and ellis about addressing these costs. do you subscribe to jama? is it worth it? :spin: