May 28, 2009

Patients United Now

For those of you who still insist that Single Payer or UHC as it's better known, is the way to go with our health care system, please go here and learn what you are truly wishing to subject your fellow Citizens to.

All you one-payer system advocates, just what is your response to stories like Ms. Holmes ? Canada spends over 10% on average of it's GDP on it's health care system(s), yet they do not have the means to pay for adequate service for it's citizens. This same result has occurred in EVERY nation where a single payer system has been tried --- long wait times for diagnosis and/or treatment, or no treatment options being available at all.

I do have a dog in this hunt. I am a three year post op Cardiac patient. I have been diagnosed with Coronary Heart Disease and chronic Congestive Heart Failure complicated by stage one COPD and Diabetes.
I have had a total of two multiple stent and two open heart procedures (a total of four stents, nine bypasses, and one valve repair)done within the last four years. I depend on a C-pak unit to help me breath through the night and insulin to regulate my blood sugars.

Am I in debt from these conditions/treatments?

Hell YES!

I am alive to worry about these debts. Had I still been residing in my native Netherlands, I most likely wouldn't have survived the wait to see a Cardiologist, much less the wait for a Surgeon.

Single payer works great for standard preventative care, but when the rubber hits the road and you get truly ill, you'd better hope that you're not under such a system, if you are, you either come to the U.S. or you D. I. E. (there I spelled it for you knuckleheads, I can't get any clearer than that.)

We do need reform in our medical delivery system, but government is a great deal a part of the problem and has very little to do with the solution. The ONLY area where government may be of use is if it will enact some true reform in the judicial system and make it so that a case of simple human error doesn't become a way for someone to become, in effect, a lottery grand prize winner.

Posted by Delftsman3 at May 28, 2009 03:13 PM | TrackBack

I've had better experiences than those you describe in France where I received better and cheaper healthcare even paying everything out of pocket and someone from Belgium that I know well says that the system there works fine. That aside, I think the U.S. system isn't just expensive--I think it's collapsing. My insurance costs are so high at this point that it's putting me in the red each month. (And I'm more frugal than most the population.) At some point, I'll either have to give up my health insurance or move abroad to a place (pretty much anywhere outside the U.S.) where I can afford health care. The Obama plan or anything else in the works is the equivalent of putting a band-aid on a severed leg. The rise in costs are outpacing increases in wages by such a huge margin that they're unsustainable--even in the short-term.

Posted by: Karlo at May 29, 2009 10:38 AM

The costs of medical care ARE rising at an obscene rate Karlo, but you have to look at the cause and effect to see why.

Three major causes:
1. Government mandated care of illegal aliens over and above emergency medical treatment. Just look at what has happened in California to see this little gem in action.

2. Unlimited awards in malpractice suits. A great many suits are "payed off" out of court because it's cheaper to do so than to go to trial. It still adds billions to the costs of medical treatment.

3. Onerous government-mandated medical recordkeeping and unrealistic testing, retesting and review processes required to bring new drugs into the mainstream.

I'm happy that you had pleasant experiences with a single payer system Karlo, but may I enquire; just how serious a condition did you suffer? Did it require referral to a specialist/surgeon?
As I stated in my post, UHC CAN be perfectly fine for the mundane and proactive type care; it's when you get to serious illnesses that require rapid responses that you can run into equally serious, sometimes fatal, trouble.

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