Thursday, June 28, 2012

Universal health care- or how no more family members will have to go broke getting the help they need.

I'm thrilled with the Supreme Court decision.
I am not niave though
It will change who and how health care is provided to the middle
Some for the good and some for the bad.
I am expecting Catholic and maybe Baptist health care to pretty well disappear.
It will not change how the wealthy are cared for.
They will continue to go to boutique health care facilities
And get whatever they want done.
This will be interesting.
Since I have lived on socialized medicine for thirty years,
I cannot see it being very different.
No more family going bankrupt or blind because they could not afford basic health.
What a relief!


Renee said...

when I tell folks that I need pre-approval to go to a walk-in clinic and in many situations for the ER, they are shocked.
I let them know that it's what you get with govt insurance... we do not have Cadillac insurance (as the media portrays) with the military. there is lots of 'mother may I" involved

Janette said...

You have a choice. You can live close to a military hospital that intakes retirees people. That is why we live here.
You could pay for GS health care.
You could even self pay of you wish.
If you belong to a HMO you would have to ask before you went to a private physician, ER or walk in clinic. My daughter does when she comes to visit. Her HMO is not covered in Kansas and she Has to use the ER here.
Really, Renee, we have it pretty darn good.

RAnn said...

My concern is that no one is talking about hard choices, or how they will be made. Our problem isn't that health insurance is too expensive; if anything is too expensive it is healthcare, and unless something changes, it is going to get more expensive, not less so--and that's based on an aging population, not on my personal opinion of what so much government in medical care will do to the price of it. The reality is that as baby boomers age there will me more medical costs, and fewer workers to pay for them. Everyone says to save money by cutting out the waste, but everyone considers their slice of the pie to be necessary, not waste. Whose slice do we chop to lower costs?

Debby said...

With our economy in the tank we don't need another tax burden. Socialized med. doesn't work, look at all the problems our friends in Canada have waiting to have needed Med care. What a mess we are in for

RAnn said...

Debby, at least Canada has made an honest choice--they gain efficiency by full utilization and ration via waiting. Their system has both advantages and disadvantages as compared to ours. We get quicker access to routine non-urgent care than they do, as long as we can pay for it (and if we can't then we don't get it); they don't have to worry about the cost. When it comes to what I'll call "routine urgent care" --things that have to be dealt with right now, and that can generally be fixed easily, things like appendectomies or broken legs, access is about equal (they push these people to the front of the line), care is pretty equivalent and they don't have to worry about the cost. As long as you have insurance, you are better off here with things that can be put off, but which you'd rather not--things like knee replacements or by-pass surgery; however, without insurance or money you don't get those types of things here; those in Canada may have to wait, but those in need eventually get to the front of the line and finances aren't an issue. Cancer survival in the US is better than anywhere in the world; probably due both to more tests to detect it and more expensive treatment; however it will financially devastate some, and there is a gap in the cancer survival rates between rich and poor.

Barb said...

Debby I am just reading this. social medicine does work-I lived with it for seven years.