The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head. Often the best part of your work will have nothing to do with potions and powders, but with the exercise of an influence of the strong upon the weak, of the righteous upon the wicked, of the wise upon the foolish. William Osler
Evidently the "not a business" part was lost somewhere along the way. In the near continual debate of to Obamacare or not to Obamacare the question of why taxpayers are extorted by their government to pay insurance companies for what their taxes should already provide remains.
As those that profit on suffering line up to exact their pound of flesh, one thing is exceedingly clear: For those that dwell in the oxymoron of for profit medicine, a pound of cure is far more profitable than an ounce of prevention.