Deregulation is not the answer to current health care woes in the United States, Voice Institute of New York Director Dr. Jamie Koufman wrote in a New York Times opinion piece.
Koufman, who is also a clinical professor of otolaryngology at the Mount Sinai Health System, pointed to “unaccountable profit centers” and specialist “societies” which “provide education, establish clinical guidelines and handle public relations.”
“To the extent that we call it a market at all, health care is not self-correcting,” Koufman writes. “Instead, it is a colossal network of unaccountable profit centers, the pricing of which has been controlled by medical specialists since the mid-20th century.”
Koufman linked the prevalence of these “profit centers” to Republicans’ and Democrats’ unwillingness to address the problem.