By guest contributor G. Keith Smith, M.D.
How would a competitive medical environment benefit patients?
Years ago, I hired a carpenter to build a deck in my backyard. He showed up with a pencil behind his ear, a spiral notebook, and a tape measure. I told him what I was looking for, and he made a few suggestions. After 15 minutes of measuring and taking notes, he handed me a piece of paper with how much it would cost.
In two days, he called me and asked for a payment for the lumber. I sent it to him. Five days later, he showed up with the lumber—cut, ready to assemble.