Finally, in all of the health care hysteria, two columns by doctors that actually articulate real arguments. My hat is off to The Spokesman-Review.
In reading the two columns I find Robert Golden’s defense of Medicare (Sept. 12) to be by far the most impressive. One cannot help but note that Donald Condon’s objection to government health insurance (Sept. 5) is all about him. While I sympathize with his desire to make a good living at his profession, I don’t think any of us know any poor doctors. On the other hand we know of thousands of folks flooding free clinics, being bankrupted by medical costs, paying ridiculous amounts for health insurance and being denied needed care. I’m afraid this trumps Dr. Condon’s profit margin.
One has to also ask why Dr. Condon can’t seem to make a go of it with only 20 percent of his patients on Medicare while Dr. Golden seems to be doing fine with 75 percent of his patients on Medicare. I’m afraid I have to believe Golden. He also had real evidence about the efficiency of Medicare over the profit-driven companies.
James E. Becker