Thread: HEALTHCARE myths exposed
#1 HEALTHCARE myths exposed01-08-2009, 09:43 AM
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell010809.php3It is one of the painful signs of our times that millions of people are so easily swayed by rhetoric that they show virtually no interest at all in finding out the hard facts. Any number of other countries already have government-controlled medical professions. Yet few Americans show any interest in what actually happens to medical care in those countries.
Cancer survival rates are higher in the United States than in Europe. A recent report by the Fraser Institute in Vancouver estimates that annually tens of thousands of Canadians seek medical treatment outside of Canada, even though treatment is free inside Canada and they have to pay themselves for treatment elsewhere.
Other studies show that waiting times for surgery are months longer in Canada, Britain and Australia — all countries with government-controlled medical care — than in the United States.
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and how politicians make existing insurance more expensive by blithely mandating coverage that people would not voluntarily pay for with their own money, if it was left up to them.
In various states, these mandated coverages include alcoholism, acupuncture, breast reduction and treatment for baldness, among other things. You may just want insurance to cover you in case you get hit with some big-time medical problem, but many state laws will not allow an insurance company to sell you that "major medical" coverage, without all the add-ons that politicians and special interests have come up with.
The net result is more expensive insurance, which in turn can mean more people being uninsured.
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The lure of something for nothing may be seductive when you are in good health. But it can become a bitter irony when you are waiting for months for surgery to relieve your pain or when your life hangs in the balance while some bureaucrat decides whether you can get the best medication or something older and cheaper.
"The Top Ten Myths About American Medical Care" can literally be a life-saver. What it reveals is unlikely to be told by the mainstream media or by other enthusiasts for the magic phrase "universal health care."
Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
01-08-2009, 10:37 AM
The Detroit Medical Center, which consists of 4 downtown hospitals, WSU's med and nursing schools, and a couple of hospitals farther out in the city, is constantly having financial struggles, the staff are overworked, they deal with junkies and gunshots constantly in the ER, and it's still a better hospital system than the average NHS Canadian hospital.
Children's Hospital of Michigan is part of that complex-they get more private funding than the other three, because of several special programs (like Sparky Anderson's CATCH program). I have issues with their social work department (really, just one racist worker), but they are otherwise a very good place. They have excellent treatment programs for just about every special need a child can have-cancer treatment, an MRI machine that shows movies to the kids while they have to stay still, a dentist who specializes in treating autistic and impaired children, and so on.
01-08-2009, 11:03 AM
I have often wondered if we could improve things by thinking outside the box with insurance coverage. As Sowell mentioned, a lot of us pay for coverage we will never use: maternity issues, birth control, post-natal care, baldness, erectile dysfunction, etc.
I'd consider a plan where I could eliminate these things in return for lower fees.
Also, I notice that Kaiser has some sort plan in California that partially covers plastic surgery. I'll bet they could make a bundle by offering plans to cover some plastic surgeries along with orthotics, laser eye treatments, and exercise equipment.
01-08-2009, 10:55 PMStand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
01-10-2009, 11:40 PM
With the PPO, while my choices of doctors are limited to those within the organization (if I want the lower cost), the organization has every specialist available. The costs to me are WAY lower, and the cost to my employer is way lower. I suppose if I hated generic drugs, or had some favorite specialist that was outside the organization, I might not like it...but as it is, it's been many years since a doctor or hospital billed me for my deductible plus the portion of the bill my insurance denied.
The more consumers can choose their plans and their options, the more cost-friendly insurance companies MUST become.-
In actual dollars, President Obama’s $4.4 trillion in deficit spending in just three years is 37 percent higher than the previous record of $3.2 trillion (held by President George W. Bush) in deficit spending for an entire presidency. It’s no small feat to demolish an 8-year record in just 3 years.
Under Obama’s own projections, interest payments on the debt are on course to triple from 2010 (his first budgetary year) to 2018, climbing from $196 billion to $685 billion annually.
01-09-2009, 02:08 AM"Don't vote. It only encourages the bastards." -PJ O'Roarke
01-09-2009, 11:51 AM
I should be working on finishing the Wealth of Nations but I hit a point where it feels like work to keep chugging through. Adam Smith was a genius but its just so much information to grasp I felt like I needed a break around page 580, so I started reading Hayek's "The Road to Serfdom" (which kicks arse, by the way) and before I knew it I finished that and picked up Payne.
I think I'm just putting off getting further into the Wealth of Nations; but I made a promise to myself that I'd finish all my non-fiction before I read Atlass Shrugged (which is getting harder and harder not to pick up because it sounds so good)."Don't vote. It only encourages the bastards." -PJ O'Roarke
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