About ER waits to get longer Page 4
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I think the issue at hand is much bigger than that.
Why is it that many other countries run rather successful government funded/subsidized programs? How come the United States cannot seem to do that?
I think it's a pretty serious question to ask.
Obviously it can be done and it has been done many times in many places.
So what is the problem?
|July 12th, 2010||#33|
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I get very tired of everyone saying that we need universal healthcare. We ALREADY have it. Hospitals are required BY LAW to treat you regardless of your ability to pay. PERIOD. What we need is preventative care reform.
Gunner. Sabot. Sniper. Is not an appropriate use of ammunition.
|July 12th, 2010||#34|
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That is NOT UHC. UHC means you need any type of treatment, surgery, medication, etc you get it. No questioned asked. Some elective and cosmetic surgery+medication is not covered. All the vital stuff is. Hospitals should be a public service not a business.
The way it works is simple in France. Everyone has a "green card". You simply give the doctor you green card and either its prepaid by Social Security or if its a small amount you pay it and the SS reimburse you. SS is funded like in the US, it is simply deducted out of you pay slips.
The Canadian and UK models are not perfect but they are STILL vastly better than the US. There is nobody linging up to copy our healthcare system, absolutely nobody.
"My center is giving way, my right is in retreat situation excellent. I shall attack." -Foch
I am from NYC. I fly a French flag because I work in Paris.
Last edited by mmarsh; July 12th, 2010 at 12:38..
|July 12th, 2010||#35|
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But I know I can vouch for the medical system in South Korea, Austria and Hong Kong. Government supported to various levels.
In a way, this IS preventive care. If a trip to the doctor doesn't set you back a hundred bucks, you will go at an early sign of illness and get it treated before it becomes serious. But because it costs so much, people (including myself) are reluctant to visit the doctor unless the problem is very serious.
The medical system I know outside of the US that is closest to the US system is Indonesia. It's more expensive to go to a half decent hospital in Indonesia compared to most developed countries (except perhaps the US) and the quality is also lower.
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Its far better than what we got that's for sure. The WHO has it rated at #18
the USA is #37. Canada is number #30 which is still better than us.
I thinks its hilarious that we Americans actually mock a system thats better than ours out of pure ignorance.
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Britian is experiencing a shortage of doctors.
Same for canada.
They all seem to be moving here ?????? Why. BECAUSE WE PAY MORE.
BTW the french system you say is so good?
Why then are french doctors saying that the french health system is falling apart.
Even here in America medical malpractice lawsuits are causing a shortage.
Not offering a solution here but I get tired of the government telling me that it knows better than I do what is best for me and my family.
|July 12th, 2010||#39|
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Hokie, it alllll ties back in to my point in what seems like every thread... Compassion for others. People in support of UHC have it, people who think UHC is bad do NOT. And it is blatantly obvious who supports it and who doesn't.
|July 12th, 2010||#40|
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You are confusing Quality and Cost. Nobody is arguing about the Quality of Care in America, the ENTIRE issue is about the cost. Whats the point of having a state of the art medical system if nobody can afford it?
Case in point the Canadian MP: That Canadian MP took a private jet to one of the fanciest Hospital in California for a very specific Cancer operation because the hospital was well renowned for it. She (the MP) DIDNT go because the care was free. The MP was previously a CEO of a automotive company and a multi-millionaire. Do you think most ordinary Canadians can afford that type of luxury?
Your example is a exception not the rule, most Canadians get treated in Canada.
Healthcare in America is elitist; its based on the ability to pay. If you can pay you'll get the greatest care in the world, if you cant you'll most likely die. Thats the issue.
America is experiencing a short of Doctors too. The problem isn't just European. In France its due to the fact that the schools dont graduate enough candidates as its a very selective field. But that has nothing to do with the quality of care.
Doctors are not coming here from other countries, only some from Canada because there is a medical exchange. Do you have any idea how difficult it is? All other foreign doctors need to be Accredited and Board certified and spend a year in residency and pass 3 different certification steps in order to practice in the US...not to mention getting a US work visa. Its not like they can arrive and open a practice like a McDonalds franchise. There are doctor exchanges but those are temporary used for training.
About the French system "collapsing". You didnt read your article carefully enough. Read it again, it says:
The doctors accused the government of wanting to abandon the principle that excellent health care should be available to everyone in France "whatever their resources". They predicted that the reforms would introduce the principle of choix (priorities), favouring the private sector and "destroying" the "best public hospital system in the world".
In other words: They are accusing the government of trying to change the system into a US style healthcare. They want to keep the system AS IT IS BTW this article is out of date. There have been many reforms since 2004 to fix the deficit crunch, including recently increasing the retire age to 62.
Who said UHC is free? You definitely pay for it. If you are a resident you are paying for it. Like SS in the US its a deduction off your payslip. As for abuse, its relatively uncommon. Since doctors dont get the huge salaries like in the US, their isn't much incentive to cheat.
In terms of healthcare, Government really does know better than you and I do, they are in the best position to know. The problem is that the American government has been bought off by HMOs. The only other group who would how to manage a families healthcare would be the private sector, but unfortunately then tend to put their own interests first. Thats the advantage with a public system its non profit. There is no incentive to screw the consumer over. But is it any surprise that the best heathcare in the world is offered by those countries that have UHC and not a privatized system. Why is it no other country is lining up to copy the US system?
Last edited by mmarsh; July 12th, 2010 at 18:22..