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Editor's Correspondence
June 12, 2000

Managed Care vs Universal Health Insurance: Whose Whips Are Gentler?—Reply

Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(11):1705. doi:

In reply

Warmest thanks to Quiros, Gemuth, and Ismail-Beige (and the many others who called, wrote, or e-mailed me with positive comments)! Without feedback, one is in limbo. As the poet Heinrich Heine noted, indifference is more distressing than active distaste. So thanks, too, to Beeson, Kelwala, and Greengold (and a number of others) who, although they concur in my diagnosis, condemn my treatment as worse than the disease.

Beeson (correctly) decries the overproduction of subspecialists in the days Before Managed Care (BMC). Kelwala bewails the oversupply of money in the health care system BMC. Greengold derides my self-pity, my snobbishness, and my willingness to lick the boots of my masters. My mother, were she still alive, would be upset.

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