Sneak peak into gov't run healthcare

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  1. Ame®icano
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    Doctors threaten Medicare backlash

    Medicare is in financial trouble and this is government way of fixing it. No, it didn't cross their mind to cut government salaries that are almost doubles the average of US salary.

    What's next? Forcing doctors to work for government?
     
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    How else will they find that $500 billion they said they need for healthcare reform? Is this the "waste" the president was referring to?

    This may eliminate the need for those death panels... :eusa_whistle:
     
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    Sure, let's blame doctors for people dying, not the government.
     
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    seems the insurance cabal is running HC in this country any way it wishes to.....
     
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    Doctors have been slowly dropping Medicare patients for years because they lose money on them. This is nothing new. The program is unsustainable.
     
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    My family Doctor who is also a personal friend has already told me that he will probably either go into an early retirement or start a new exclusive practice.
     
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    Many doctors in high risk specialties have done just that, or else abandoned their specialty for general practice. That is making it tougher and tougher to find a specialist or get an appointment when you need one. Tort reform would correct that problem in a hurry, but nobody seems to have the balls to get that done.

    We have a good friend here in town, an M.D. with her husband as her only 'staff' who opened up a general medical practice that does not accept anybody's insurance. A routine doctor visit is $50; somewhat more when a longer consultation or examination is necessary such as a complete physical. (Most of us pay a lot more than that just get a routine problem with our computer diagnosed.) A quick check to see how a wound is healing or the sore throat is coming along is $25. She hands out as many samples of medications as she receives to avoid prescription expenses. If she diagnoses conditions warranting a specialist, she refers the patient on, but most routine day to day stuff she can handle just fine.

    Because she doesn't mess with insurance, she gets by with a one-person staff just fine.

    She has been open less than 90 days and has all the business she can handle.

    What if we scrapped Obamacare and started looking a healthcare reform along the lines of that provided by my friend? Everybody just pay reasonable costs for routine stuff out of pocket, and have insurance only for the big, expensive stuff that we can't afford out of pocket. That, plus tort reform, plus being able to buy insurance across state lines would probably bring down insurance premiums by more than 50%.





    What if
     
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    My doctor says that he will continue to see patients but he will just stop writing prescriptions. Says if he's going to only get half of the payment, he is only going to do half of the work.
     
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    Your friend is doing the right thing.

    Real reform would change the tax code to decouple health insurance from employment and eliminate the barriers to interstate purchasing (as well as tort reform).

    I like the Whole Foods model of a large HSA to be used for routine care (with surpluses accumulating in the individual's account) - supplemented with catastrophic insurance. The patient knows the price of care, and has an incentive to life a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain HSA savings.
     
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    Federal government didn't learn anything from RomneyCare in Massachusetts. In fact they intend to repeat the same mistakes over and over. This is an article from 2008.

    Mass. Health Care Reform Reveals Doctor Shortage

    What happen when people who had no insurance before suddenly come to see the doctor? They demand more time, more research, more follow up visits and government is not paying for it. Waiting time to see doctor in some areas rose to 4 months.

    Read more in the article.

    I am not against healthcare reform, but I am against one that is forced on us this way and at this cost and without solving real problems, and actually bringing more problems when we have now.
     

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