Re: Download Michael Moores SickoOn Sun, 1 Jul 2007 12:14:05 -0400, "Oz" <email@example.com> wrote:
>I don't know if I would go so far as to say that. I may be an exception
>to the *rule* but I never have a problem getting the healthcare services
>I need. Admittedly, I am low maintenance (not bragging by any means
>- I just don't go to the doctor very often) but it seems to me that most
>everyone I know is comfortable with the healthcare services they receive
>and don't compain about the cost. Again, this is a small segment of the
>overall population but that is my experience.
The people complaining are those that are paying the bills, either
directly or in their (smaller) businesses. Have you checked the
percentage of uninsured Americans lately?
>I am humored though to hear people complain about how much healthcare
>in the United States sucks when people from the Great White North (aka
>Canada) flock to the great US of A to get procedures that they can't get
>there. I would say that Canada's healthcare system in in need of repair.
Healthcare costs, and the mechanism for paying for them, is broken in
the USA. Quality, in general, is good if/when you get care.
>Instead of saying that healthcare is broken here, I would say that some
>of the "system" need to be fixed. And; for puposes of general information,
>Republicans and Democrats, alike, are in the back pockets of the
>insurance industry. It's called lobbying and NO ONE in Washington is
>exempt from this truth.
I agree although I do lay much of the blame for drug costs at the feet
of the current administration. Keeping it illegal to buy drugs from
Canada is one example. Refusing to allow Medicare to negotiate drug
prices is another. I have to laugh when I hear drug companies and
their mouthpieces state that it costs billions to bring drugs to the
market - while leaving out the second half of that sentence "and we
think Americans should pay for it but not other countries".
>Therefore, most companies are
>providing a services to their employees that they don't *have to*.
I agree, they don't "have to". But, individuals need realistic options
for buying their own coverage. $10K per year for an 80% policy is not
reasonable for most families.
I also suggest that employer policies that allow you to go to the
doctor for free, or $15, etc are nonsense. If you are gainfully
employed, you should be able to spring for the true cost of a Dr's
office visit, which is four or five times that. It would be like
expecting a zero deductible policy on your car. Insurance should be to
pay for larger items, not costs we can afford out of pocket.
But, it's just one more symptom of the broken system.