010 Discussing Healthcare: Is there a better and cheaper way to provide healthcare? (part 1 of 2)

Jeffrey Singer, MD

Jeffrey Singer, MD

Have you ever wondered how our healthcare system developed and why it has led to the Affordable Care Act? Well, in this episode of Discussing Healthcare I am joined by Jeff Singer, MD.  He talks about some of the history that shaped healthcare as we know it.  We also begin to discuss possible ways to reshape and improve healthcare for the future.

Jeffrey A. Singer, MD is a general surgeon in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area.  He has been practicing general surgery since the early 1980s and has an interest in healthcare policy both at the state and federal levels.  Dr. Singer has written several articles on the current state of healthcare in the United States and is an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute.  He has been featured in interviews on national television, speaks publicly about healthcare policy, and has his finger on the pulse of the current healthcare debate.

If you would like to contact Dr. Singer you can find him on Facebook.

Here are links to some of Dr. Singer’s articles:

Dr. Singer’s Cato Institute profile has links to more written articles and video of his national interviews.

Dr. Singer referred to the Surgery Center of Oklahoma as an example of a medical business that does not accept any insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid.  Rather they only accept whole payment from the patient according to a predetermined menu of services that can be found at their website, www.surgerycenterok.com/.

Here are links to Wikipedia explaining a few of the things Dr Singer mentioned:

Here are links to a few articles discussing the American Medical Associations history.  I found them by searching the internet, so I cannot speak to their accuracy, but it will shed more light on the topic and allow you to come to your own conclusion.



About the Author

I am Joshua Lewis, MD, the creator of Discussing Healthcare, LLC and a board certified Emergency Physician who currently practices in the Phoenix, Arizona area. I hope you will gain meaningful insight into our healthcare system through the information provided by Discussing Healthcare. Thank you for your interest and I encourage you to contribute by calling, emailing, or leaving comments on the website.

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