At least speaking to healthcare in the USA, I think the furor over "Obamacare" along with rising medical costs across the board, and doctors' frustrating with increased paperwork, is leading to a tipping point.
Almost all of it boils down to problems stemming from healthcare as a profit-generating enterprise.
I absolutely think doctors and staff need to be paid a fair wage for their work, just like anyone else does. But there's got to be some kind of understanding we come to that medical care is treated differently than regular businesses. (If your car needs repair, for example? You have all sorts of options, including doing the repairs yourself or just trading it in and getting a different one. If your body needs repair, you can't just do a DYI heart bypass surgery or "trade it in". You can live with what's broken if it isn't TOO debilitating OR pay the asking price to get treatment.)
Under those circumstances, I think we need to view medicine as more of a charitable work. Whether you're a researcher or a doctor, your goal should be the motivation to help others and make the world a better place. Medicine isn't an appropriate field to get into if you're chasing maximum profits.
One of the best doctor-patient experiences I ever had was also one of the most basic. I had a red spot that kept appearing on my nose, that would get sore to the touch. After a month or so, it would disappear on its own, only to randomly come back again -- seemingly aggravated by sunlight exposure. People started telling me they thought it might be the onset of a skin cancer. I got worried, fearing the worst, and scheduled an appointment with a dermatologist who my parents had gone for for years. The guy was your typical "grouchy old man" who was "all business, no pleasantries". (I think he was about to retire, actually.) But they kept telling me he was good, so I gritted my teeth and went to see him. The doctor said few words... just pulled out his magnifying glass and studied my nose for 15 seconds or so and said, "Hmm.... yes...." Then he prescribed me medication for it and said it wasn't a cancer or anything like that. It was a type of cold sore. Oddly, the medication to keep it away is typically used for STDs (so it's a bit uncomfortable of a prescription to ask for refills on!), but he was absolutely right. Every time it starts to appear, I take one half of one of the pills (all that he said was really required) and it vanishes overnight. And recurrences have diminished over the last year or so.
My point is ... THAT was the kind of doctor's visit that was really worth my money. Pay once and let the guy use his expertise to discover the problem ... prescribe what's needed to help out, and done. I imagine at most doctor's offices today, the same visit would have involved tons of paperwork, tests being ordered, and follow-up visits. Ridiculous ....