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Friday, July 13, 2007

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Mary

Oh Spot...

You should go to my blog and read my Mammogram post about What percent of 100% is 100%?
I, too, am still getting billed for a procedure that my insurance says it covers at 100%.

Ay yi yi....

Mary

Ed

As someone who works directly in healthcare, I have a view of the flip side: trying to help patients through the mess, all the while knowing the delays are costing them precious time that is charged to their life account.
I am glad to be in relatively good health, don't take daily meds, neither does the wife or kids. Working for a hospital does provide a bit of more direct access to MDs, but only up to a point.
But more importantly, what I have found is that having lived abroad, as well as in various locals of this great nation of ours, you get better care, at a much more reasonable cost, with far more rapid access, when you live in a rural setting.

KC

We receive military healthcare. Sometimes I feel it's the closest to universal healthcare as it is something the US government provides. I don't know the ins and outs of the Canadian system so I can't comment on that. Our healthcare is bid to the lowest bidder (insurance company). They do whatever they can possibly do to not pay. Appointments can be impossible sometimes. Even when you have an emergency, appointments are not available. The only recourse can be the ER which is then overburdened, etc.

I'm not articulating it well but I would be hardpressed to want any sort of healthcare the government provides. It would have to be a well laid out plan.

scott

Right, but KC, if I'm understanding correctly, the thing is, the government ISN'T providing you your healthcare—they're farming it out to a private insurer. You may not be paying for it, per se, but you still have private insurance, essentially. Consequently, your healthcare sucks. Just like pretty much everyone else who has private insurance, no matter how good.

They do whatever they can possibly do to not pay.

Right. That's how they make their money: by denying you procedures you need. Paying for those procedures is expensive and loses them money. They can only make money if they don't give you what the doctor ordered. Amazing system, innit? No wonder Big Bidniz wants to keep it. Unfortunately, at its heart, it's really immoral.

The healthcare in this country is more expensive than in other nations and not as good. This is another fine example of exactly that thing.

I would be hardpressed to want any sort of healthcare the government provides. It would have to be a well laid out plan.

A nation that's able to produce the amazing military our great country has can surely produce a system that makes sure all its children have healthcare.

Ed

KC,
A comment on the military healthcare system: Here on Kodiak the facility I work for is the only medical facility available to the USCG and Navy personnel and their families, other than a very limited clinic on base. Yet Triwest decided to reduce our reimburseables by over $1,000,000 a year based on lack of funds in the coffers due to the mess-o-potamian disaster. So that puts them under medicare/ caid for rate of reimbursable.
This being a not for profit hospital, we will of course continue to welcome these people, but at the same time, being such a small hospital the money that was arbitrarily held back is a big hit to absorb every year.
When these Triwest beneficiaries are in a more competitive market, say San Diego, their options are very limited outside the military clinics, as many providers are expecting for them to make up the difference, or simply refuse to provide services.

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