Thank you for this - especially the bold. We may not agree on everything, but on all of this we agree. Most of my family works in the medical profession as well, and feels very similarly to you.This is one of those places where ideologically I couldn't disagree more with you.
If you knew anything about how the medical industry works, you would know that they do the opposite of "coordinate resources in the most effective manner".
The profit in medicine is made by insurance companies who don't "innovate" anything other than new ways to deny coverage.
I worked in a major regional hospital and you know what - less than 1/2 of the people who worked for the hospital had anything to do with patient care whatsoever. The rest all work in billing, insurance, and other things that have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with health care. The amount of waste is unbelievable.
But even if you don't care about any of that, how inefficient it all is, to me - it is a moral issue. Making profit off of sick people is a bad thing.
It boils down to in most industrialized nations, if you get cancer - your first thought is, "what do I do to get better". In the United States, this supposedly glorious place, the first thought for way too many is "How am I going to pay for this? What if I lose my house?"
I'd rather have the government involved than for-profit insurance companies, who's priority is making more money by providing as little health care as possible. It's sick.