I believe it's been said here and elsewhere that Medicare isn't making "doctors" wealthier although a few doctors are good businessmen and have learned to milk that system. It seems to me that the real "injection" was that of the business community which is always looking for another cash cow. When business people get involved, there is both good news and bad news. The good news is that business people don't do everything themselves to make money. They create jobs and hire people to help them. This means more people have work. Now, for the consumer, this means they get to pay for the business people and all whom they employ....ergo, higher prices. I've been unable to find figures but it would seem to me that there has been substantial growth in jobs related to, but not directly involved with, medicine. This does include the insurance agencies. Doctors need to create or hire a "business" force just to handle insurance billing...and dealing with them can be quite labor intensive. My guess and, again I can't find numbers, is that the growth in auxiliary jobs to medicine has been quite disproportionate to "hands on" care. Good news....those people have jobs. Bad news....you're paying them now whereas you were not in years past.
We've discussed here, quite adequately IMO, the pros and cons of the financials of a single payer system. But don't we all want to make more money and pay less for services? Isn't that some part of our motivation here? But, what we haven't discussed is the pros and cons of maintaining a steady flow of qualified, well trained and motivated physicians to provide the actual services....and "motivated" is an all important word here. Certainly you can tell the difference in service received from someone who's truly interested in giving you their best quality time and one who's just doing their job.