Sunday, February 22

The Way Things Work?

I've been hearing a lot about the perils of "socialized" healthcare not only with the election of the new President, but with private insurance so expensive and so clumsy.

But then I read stories about "socialized" systems missing people, ambulances getting lost and caretakers completely inept.
Granted every crazy French medic has an American counterpart doing something just as stupid, but those stories aren't covered with the same furvor.
What is really going on over there?

From the front seat of the ambulance for profit healthcare is failing and expensively. Many folks are foregoing private insurance for the state endorsed program which requires the private firms to increase premiums to the remaining clients. Then those people can't afford it, and so on and so on.

As I've said in the past, illegal immigrants are not a drain on my system, not as much as legal residents who find themselves "deserving" of immediate healthcare by ambulance and ER instead of prevention and a visit to the doctor.

The trouble is in the overlapping bureauocracy. There has to be a better way, right?
Maybe yes, maybe no.

But when it comes to emergency care, no matter your income, race, gender, ethnicity or even level of sincerity, you are guaranteed by law, by the people, by the government, access to a medical professional. Be it EMT, Paramedic, Nurse, NP or MD, the law is if you are hurt, you get one regardless of your ability to pay. The insurance companies say you are covered in case of an emergency, but they reimburse at a rate quite lower than the actual cost of care.

Why does my insurance company have to raise my premiums and copays after buying naming rights to a professional sports stadium? Wouldn't that money be better spent on preventative health screenings and public education or is there no profit there?

I'd ask anyone from a different system to chime in and let me know what kind of relationship their service has with federal/state agencies or regulation and any for profit healthcare models.
Am I wrong about for profit healthcare?

Canada, South America, UK, Europe, Asia...anyone?

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