Healthcare Poll

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  1. nodoginnafight
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    I am wondering how the posters here feel about healthcare. Do you think:
    1) The current system is fine - no need to try to fix what isn't broken.
    2) The current system is fine, but a few minor tweaks may be in order.
    3) The current system is OK, but we need to make some significant improvements.
    4) The current system has major flaws that require major fixes.
    5) The current system is totally shot - we should throw it out and start all over with a entirely new set of goals and an entirely different system.
    6) Some other viewpoint (please explain)

    and furthermore, what elements are the most important to you:
    A) Cost
    B) Availability of care
    C) Quality of care
    D) Portability and continuous coverage
    E) Preventative care

    And finally, are there other aspects of the issue not addressed above that you think are vital parts of a successful healthcare program?

    In the spirit of full disclosure, may answers are:
    3) The current system is OK, but we need to make some significant improvements. And while I think A-E are ALL important I rank them in this order: B, C, A, E, D.
     
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    The American system is laughable. However many Conservatives believe it is the best system. This too is laughable.
     
  3. nodoginnafight
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    Yukon, so then would you say that you lean toward 4 or 5?
     
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    4-C&D:

    Since it is looking more and more like this will be just one more futile attempt at assuring that ALL Americans have access to fair and equitable health care, I'd like to see this administration backtrack and start to mend some of the flaws in the existing government health plans.

    --The VA continues to have serious problems with returning military people not getting proper diagnoses, long waiting periods, too few VA facilities to accommodate them, among other problems.

    --The Medicare system needs to revise its guidelines to make payments to doctors and other medical facilities based on quality, not quantity. There is too much room for fraud.

    --Hospitals need to begin justifying their increased costs which they supposedly base on expenses they incur by patients who have no insurance and do not fall within one of the government programs. I find it unbelievable that there is such a shortage of nurses, yet every floor of a hospital has its own fully staffed administrative office in addition to the main office. In other words, paper pushers can be thinned out and consolidated, whereas nurses cannot.

    For example, I recently had a bone density scan at one of our local hospitals where I made three separate stops, filling out the same paperwork in a different format before 3 different staff members before I was finally put up on the table for the 10-minute scan by a radiologist. The bill was $700 for their "services" (which included BP reading, a blood test, and a piece of cloth to cover my naked ass. The actual scan cost $190. There's something wrong with that picture. You mean to tell me that a 10-minute procedure cost nearly $900.00???? Guess who paid for all but $21.00 of that. Medicare. Was I charged that much because the hospital knew that Medicare would pay it, no questions asked? See above.

    Perhaps when some of the existing problems within the existing systems are dealt with so that we can actually SEE a difference, that will give a boost to the introduction of the next round of proposals for health care reform.
     
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    Thanks Maggie - some really good input there. I wish the healthcare debate could revolve around such reasoned arguments rather than all the red-herrings.
    btw - I REALLY like your song!
     
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    I hope this is helpful:

    "A Life Line brochure mailed to homes in the Washington area proclaims, "We can help you Avoid a Stroke . . . in just 10 minutes. . . . You don't have to wait for a medical problem to be screened for your risk of vascular disease or osteoporosis." And the screenings are "fast, painless, accurate . . . [and] affordable," says the brochure. The firm also promotes its services on its Web site, Health Screening | Life Line Screening .

    Locally, the company charges $109 for the three-test "vascular package" and $129 for a "complete wellness package," which adds the osteoporosis test. Neither Medicare nor most private insurers cover Life Line screenings. "

    Screening With Holes in It? - washingtonpost.com

    I know folks that have used this service, and then discussed same with their physician.
     
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    Thanks for your input lonestar. Do you feel cost trumps all other aspects of healthcare for yourself as well?
     
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    Yup. It's one of those happy tunes that will put a smile on anyone's face.
     
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    Thanks for the information, and I hope other readers here will jot down the website. It's particularly annoying that neither Medicare nor private insurers cover it. When I first saw my bill, it wasn't glee that I only had to pay $21.00 of the amount, it was ANGER that if I had NOT been covered by Medicare or some other insurance, that amount of money would have been devastating to my wallet.
     

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