hey scooby, i kind of wanted to make sure that this got read and that some people would comment on it, otherwise i would have just posted it under your topic, i just think that it is a great topic for discussion. socialized medicine okay . . . to certain point, we do have some socialized health care, ie medicare and medicaid and other private social groups. i personally think that we need to expand these programs to include everyone in the country that is not insured, at least at some basic level that would include regular check ups and a lot of preventative type stuff. also, to take the pressure off of docs to want to become a high paid super specialist, i think that med school needs to cost a lot less. how that would exactly work, i don't know, but i think in the long run they would pay for themselves by having less people getting really sick and less people using emergency rooms as their primary care physicians because they have no insurance, and by having less docs stuffed into big cities trying to all do specialties and sub specialties. no system around the world is perfect, but it is clear that ours is having more problems with inflation than other developed countries, i don't know if it really is a crisis, but things need to be addressed, and of course they need to be addressed in a form that would fit the united states. inflation of medicine from what i understand the main reasons we have huge medical inflation is because of: 1) an over capacity in hospitals, which may be hard to believe, but if one gets outside of the huge cities, i am pretty sure that a lot of hospitals don't get used to capacity. 2) people demand and expect the regular use of all of that new and expensive technology that we have. 3) over specialization of doctors. 4) and of course, prescription drugs. i personally think this is a place where the government needs to step in and do some price regulating (ie our countries health over huge profit, and if you don't believe there is huge profit, why is this sector of the economy one of the largest and fastest growing?). i am sure there are some more, but these are the main ones i can think of. anyhow, some info and thoughts for whomever wants them. so feel free to critique and to add your input. god bless us all.