Insurance Companies and Not Doctors Make the Most Money in Health Care Business

by Vanessa Jones on Jun 27 2014 2:38 PM

 Insurance Companies and Not Doctors Make the Most Money in Health Care Business
Those against the Obamacare rhetoric have opposed the government takeover of medicine while it is actually insurance companies which stand to gain much more than the doctors.
Earlier people held insurance companies responsible for the high costs where costs were higher than public health care, including Medicare. Many good primary physicians want to retire early as they can no longer “just can’t practice medicine anymore the way they want to.” This was not due to the government or the malpractice lawyers – it was due to the insurance companies.

Health care in the U.S. is a $2.7 trillion dollar business; as mentioned in an article in the New York Times about who was making big money. It is definitely not the doctors, nor the people who have the most contact with sick people—nurses, EMTs, and those further down the chain. It is insurance companies. In a deal that is not unusual in the industry, Mark T. Bertolini, the chief executive of Aetna, earned a salary of about $977,000 in 2012 but a total compensation package of over $36 million, the bulk of it from stocks vested and options he exercised that year.

The anti-Obamacare rhetoric has made a hue and cry against a “government takeover” of medicine. Obama had to remove the “public option”; Republicans prevented the government from fielding a team and getting into the game. Instead, they have had an insurance company takeover of medicine. It’s not the government that’s coming between doctor and patient, it’s the insurance companies.

Doctors are beginning to resist: Last month, 75 doctors in northern Wisconsin [demanded] … health reforms … requiring that 95 percent of insurance premiums be used on medical care. The movement was ignited when a surgeon, Dr. Hans Rechsteiner, discovered that a brief outpatient appendectomy he had performed for a fee of $1,700 generated over $12,000 in hospital bills, including $6,500 for operating room and recovery room charges.


Jay Livingston, June 2014

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