Loosening Doctor Regulations

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Doctors are shielded from the competition that animates much of the economy. A number of overlapping regulations restrict the number of foreign doctors, bar nurse practitioners from performing traditional doctor duties and keep telemedicine from replacing in-person doctor visits. The problem, critics say, is that it raises costs and limits access to doctors in certain regions. It’s an issue of supply and demand, says the National Journal.

Loosening those restrictions could help push down health care costs by increasing the supply of medical services. Such a move would mesh with ObamaCare’s focus, through new rules and incentives, on delivering the same or better care at a lower cost.

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