How should healthcare by paid and whom should be required to pay for it?

Discussion in 'Healthcare/Insurance/Govt Healthcare' started by xotoxi, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. xotoxi
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    I posted this in another thread that was talking about illegal immigrants getting healthcare paid for by the government, but I wanted to shift gears a little and talk about WHO should pay for healthcare for citizens.



    Do you think that the federal laws should be changed that mandate that emergency rooms treat all patients regardless of their ability to pay (EMTALA)?

    Maybe ERs should adopt pre-pay policies. You tell them what your problem is, you pay cash (or credit card, money order, bank check) and then you can see the doctor. If he recommends a CT scan, you lay down $1K and the picture will be taken.

    If you are in an accident and you are unconscious, just a few simple calls to your bank and your funds will be wired...then you can be seen.

    There are some hospitals in this country that exclusively see people on government insurance or the poor who cannot pay anything. If the government did not help them, they would not exist.

    We are no longer talking about illegal immigrants. We are talking about natural-born citizen. We are talking about you.
     
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    Let every citizen charge it if they have to and make all debts to hospitals public records. Anyone interested in helping someone with a medical bill can earmark a contribution to a specific person. Then we'll see who is running up everyone's tab and who is truly willing to help out a sick person in need.
     
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    LET ME REPEAT MYSELF AGAIN, JUST IN CASE YOU DON'T GET IT YET. HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS HAVE TAKEN AN OATH AND THEY ALWAYS STAND BY THAT OATH, NO ONE- NO-ONE- NO ONE IS DENIED HEALTH CARE, NOT EVER, NEVER, NEVER. Get it now????
     
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    Maybe we will change our oath.

    How you like them apples?
     
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    LMAO--can you do that ? :lol:
     
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    Those closed records do allow for abuse of the system at times.

    I think you have different problems in different areas as far as cost are concerned. I have had to have the same procedure done in two different instances. One on the right side and then a few years later the left side. The cost for the first on the right was well under six thousand. It was done in a day clinic and a friend's wife a nurse took care of me in her home that night. Went back to the doctors office in the morning. Same done on left side and a small lesion taken off four years later at a university hospital cost was almost forty thousand. They kept me in hospital for three days.
     
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    Do you believe in the philosophy from each according to his ability to each according to his need?
     
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    Only if I get to be the judge of people's abilities and needs.
     
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    It happens all the time, so you are lying. Next.
     
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    Only if I am the one gets to judge people's needs and abilities. Otherwise, we will have to leave the to our elected legislatures. Have you all been informed and voting lately?
     

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