What we pay for a doctor visit in the U.S. is insane regardless of who pays. Sad thing is, new doctors can't even make ends meet after paying student loans.
Outside the US, what modern nation that requires every doctor and nurse (RN, LVN) to complete a bachelors degree to enter medical training?
They enter training out of Jr. High in most parts of Asia and graduate at 19 or 20 as a nurse, pharmacist, physicians' assistant, etc, and doctors are out by 22 to 24 years old. To us, they look like Doogie's.
Why are we forcing such an unnecessary burden onto so critical a sector of our society?
And we do and will pay for it either in taxes, quality, inflation or a belt of each.
That... is the core issue. Media is only covering a diversion.