Under our “system” of veterinary health care, there’s generally little or no wait, they’re invariably friendly (because you could always grab your dog or cat and take it to another vet), and as to the prices?
He gives a personal example involving a visit to the vet for his dog which actually cost $950, whereas a comparable operation on a person would likely cost upwards of $20,000. It is possible to quibble about the details, but undoubtedly the same operation on person would cost many times more.
Differences in liability insurance is part of it. Bear in mind that it is more difficult to get into veterinary school than medical school.
It strikes me that there is a giant, overarching difference between veterinary care and regular medical care, and that is that the former is barely regulated by the government, while the latter is so regulated that even now — without socialized health care — many doctors feel as if they spent most of their time being bureaucrats. Is that it? I’m sure my vet kept records for Puff, but I’d be willing to bet they consisted of little more than a couple of paragraphs summarizing the diagnosis, the procedure, and his recovery. And I’d also be willing to bet that for the same procedure on a boy, if all of the records were all printed out they’d be a stack of documents inches thick.
The bureaucracy adds to the costs in many different ways, from ordering unnecessary tests to increased personnel costs merely to deal with mountains of paperwork. The lack of tort reform with regards to medical malpractice insurance is also responsible for a large portion of the higher costs.
While I realize technology has added many tools to the medical arsenal since the 1940s, the same tools have been added to the veterinary arsenal, so that can’t be all there is to it. I have not seen any vet bills from the 1940s, but I am sure that a cursory examination would reveal that the rate of increase has risen in a normal manner that we would expect, while the rate of increase for human medical care has skyrocketed. (Of course, in those days, far fewer people had health insurance. Might the “blank check” from the big pocket have something to do with it?)
Should we allow vets to treat humans? Why not? If a woman can consent to an abortion, why can’t I consent to having a veterinarian cut a tennis ball out of my intestines?
Why can’t we be consenting adults?
As long as members of Congress remain cozy with trial lawyers, tort reform will not be implemented. Please note that simple things can be written into law which would have an effect on the system without drastically overhauling it in the worst way possible. For example, when we hear that there are potentially billions of dollars being wasted in Medicare/Medicaid programs, why wouldn’t that get taken care of immediately and independently of any healthcare reform bill?
There are viable solutions. Unfortunately recent current events such as the problems with ACORN and the NEA only further the notion in most citizens minds that more government is very clearly not the answer.
 In case you’ve been living under a rock, ACORN is under fire for promoting child prostitution. They’ve received millions of federal dollars.
- ACORN Prostitution Investigation Undercover Video: Baltimore
- Washington, D.C.
- New York, NY
- San Bernardino, CA
- San Diego, CA
 The NEA is in trouble, having been caught allowing the White House to push a partisan agenda during a conference call, which is very likely against the law.
- Full NEA Conference Call Transcript and Audio
- “This Is Only The Beginning.”
- ‘Artists’ As Servants Of Power
- NEA Conference Call Broke Laws