With the explosion of costs associated with healthcare and insurance since the implementation of Obamacare, more and more Americans are getting their medical care from urgent care centers, which have popped up across the country. Faced with the choice of waiting hours at an emergency room to get treated for a simple case of pink eye when your family doctor isn’t open is less appealing than a root canal for many American families. Having the option of quick and cost-effective treatment at an urgent care clinic is far more palatable, from both a financial and time perspective.
As with all logical adjustments to market forces, however, the government and the liberals that run it are looking to regulate, regulate, regulate, wrapping the invention of necessity in enough red tape to wrap the tree in Rockefeller Center. NBC News in New York has an investigative report, which is worth a full read (and makes some valid arguments regarding some degree of regulation on the industry). The concern, however, is that some necessary regulations will snowball into a suffocating degree of regulation, which could spell the end for the burgeoning industry. NBC reports,
The growth of the industry has prompted New York State’s Public Health Council to recommend tightening up regulations. It wasn’t clear whether health officials in New Jersey and Connecticut would follow suit.
The Urgent Care Association of America, which represents more than 6,000 professionals working in urgent care at more than 2,600 clinics in the U.S., Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Mexico and New Zealand, according to its website, says additional regulation is unnecessary.
“New York urgent care centers already are overseen by many entities, including the New York State Board of Medical Examiners,” the organization said in a statement. “UCAOA encourages the highest possible standards of care and when a patient visits an urgent care center, they see a qualified healthcare professional.”
Compare this mad dash at regulating urgent care clinics to another kind of clinic, one which does far more invasive procedures than what NBC describes. I’m talking of course, about abortion clinics, and the bill which Wendy Davis became famous filibustering in Texas. In this instance, of course, liberal government bureaucrats and lawmakers weren’t nearly as keen to institute regulations that would spell the demise of a clinic, because inside these clinics abortions took place. The New York Times lamented at the time,
The decision by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, will have a far-reaching effect on abortion services in Texas, lawyers for abortion providers said. The ruling gave Texas permission to require all abortion clinics in the state to meet the same building, equipment and staffing standards as hospital-style surgical centers, standards that abortion providers said were unnecessary and costly, but that the state argued improved patient safety.
We’ve learned a valuable lesson: the only clinic that’s allowed to do major medical procedures without stringent regulations is one where abortions take place. If a clinic is giving medical advice like “exercise more” to someone who enters with joint pain, it’s unacceptable for anything less than a doctor to provide treatment.
How heavily regulated do you think abortion and/or urgent care clinics should be?