Wednesday, August 17, 2005

More on Animal vs. Human Health Care

Daughter Eleanor’s comparison of health care for animals with that provided for humans stimulated a small flurry of responses.

Friend Bill Busby’s recitation of experiences with human care is copied in a separate posting.

Friend Gail Price thinks that animal care is still focused on healing while human care is obsessed with profit.

Consultant Paul Hoffman suspects that “the reason we will not be seeing any meaningful comparison between veterinary and human medicine or their respective hospitals is the results would be far too embarrassing.”

Larry Mathis, retired CEO of Methodist in Houston, “loved it.”

Dennis O’Leary, CEO of the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, and Tom McNulty, retired CFO of Ford in Detroit, suspect that the gap may be closing – unfortunately in the wrong direction. Both suggested that the vets are learning how to pad the bill by ordering services of questionable value and charging for every little thing (such as for the use of an IV stand).

O’Leary also pointed out that it is now harder to get into vet school than into medical school.

There must be something here worth looking into.

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