Saturday, August 1, 2009

Thoughts about Health Care

Nurse and hospital workers at Gettysburg
From: Francis T. Miller, The Photographic History of the Civil War, 1911

Well, I thought I was going to end silly week with the second Limerick, but this news came my way today. So, I'll end silly week with, Politics.

The health care issue is a big thing here in the US, rightly so. The US outspends other countries about two to one in administration costs.

Something that definitely needs to be addressed. For the most part, most everyone I talk with agrees that something needs to be done so that the poor guys stuck in the middle are able to have their medical needs adequately met (the rich will always be seen to, the poor have government aid). Most Everyone I talk to Do Not want Socialized medicine! How do our government officials think they can afford it? Or, are they trying to Feel how they think about it as they work things out? (*Emotion based thinking/planning, a post for another day)

The plan in Massachusetts isn't doing well:

"Universal coverage in any form is an increasingly elusive goal. Several states (including California, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Wisconsin) have attempted major efforts to advance toward health coverage for all citizens. All have had to turn back because the costs were prohibitive." (Hawaii also)

Don't get me wrong, I want EVERYONE to have adequate and affordable health care access.
I am in the health care profession. I see the need. I see the waste. I see the ridiculous things that bureaucracy and the liability culture heap upon us.

I'd love to hear what UK and others living with socialized medicine have to say. I know that for the average problem, things are affordable, accessible, and adequately seen to. However, I've also heard of the horrors of waiting forever for things that should be seen to sooner; and, would the person to have enough cash or private insurance, they would be.

My Swiss friend spoke of the health care she received while back at home. I think the US should take a closer look at the Swiss system. While not perfect, there are things that can be learned.
I like the idea of health care not being employer based. This is one thing that can be so limiting to a person with making life choices here in the US.

I do have this nagging question, though. If we really want health care (and retirement benefits) improved, would things be more quickly fixed if we demand that Congress have the same medical and retirement package like the rest of us?

This video clip is a reflection of things to come, I wonder. People are tired of elitist government officials; people are nervous, upset. These politicians are not royalty, they're public officials, so why should we the people have to 'wait to have an audience'?

I know, I know, politicians are busy people too...they have all of our money that they're busy spending, and sending business by way of family members....too bad these Retirees didn't have any money to donate at the time, maybe Ms Feinstein would have had time for them, to hear their grievances, as a public servant should...

(and yes, I know that the reality is that things can't be dropped for any 'drop-in'; however, the way this situation and these people were handled seems to speak volumes).

(*Feelings based motivation can be a good thing, but logic needs to prevail when programs are implemented that involve human behavior and economics: Food for thought and the WIC program, a post for another day)


James Higham said...

You speak truly when you say that it is the people in the middle of the country who are suffering and will suffer more.

The poor are already suffering so either way, they don't gain. The whole of the productive middle though is reduced to poverty under socialism.

Excellent post, HGF.

Mrs Successful said...

The NHS in Britain offers the best 'free' healthcare service in the world. It's said that's why there are so many immigrants, both legal and illegal, desperate to reach our shores.

Those of us who work (or worked) pay National Health Insurance (NHI) contributions. Our GP visits and consultations are free, though we pay £4 for each medicine required (though some categories of people are exempt from payment including over 60's). Hospital treatments are free as are some complementary therapies.

Our NHS system is being vastly abused and there's a danger that the reviews taking place now and in the future will be to the detriment of those who have contributed to the NHS throughout their working lives.

Those who don't/won't work pay nothing, yet they still qualify for free healthcare, and that's where the system falls down. It angers me that methadone, patches to assist people stop smoking and other items are free to people who abuse their health.

I don't think it's sufficient to say people who are poor deserve free treatment. A lot depends on why they are poor. There's a big difference between those who can work and those who won't.

For example a close relative of mine at one time couldn't work because she had a nervous breakdown (she had 4 children); then she wouldn't work because she received every benefit on offer, including free medication etc. She could have worked but she just became lazy and the state did nothing to discourage it.

Sorry I don't know the answer HGF, but the problem has been around long enough for the powers that be to have some idea.

You've given us all a lot of food for thought with your posting today - thank goodness I'm starving and can mull over it for a wee while. xx

His Girl Friday said...

Thanks Mrs S, for your comment, as you said, food for thought.

thank you. Yes, you would think there would be safe guards to help ensure the middle class stay productive; it just seems that there is such a force to become socialistic.

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