Your opinion on Universal Health Care?

Discussion in 'Driver Health' started by Cybergal, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. Cybergal

    Cybergal Road Train Member

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    What is your opinion on Universal Health Care?

    What is it?
    Universal health care or also commonly known as a singe-payer system, united health care system, or national health care, would be similar to the current U.S. Medicaid health care program for low-income peoples but would apply to all citizens of the U.S. regardless of ability to pay.


    Advantages:
    Every citizen would be covered under a national united health care system and administrative costs could be drastically reduced. According to the article Make Healthcare a Right. It's Cheaper! by By John R. Battista, M.D. and Justine A. McCabe, Ph.D., studies have shown that with a publicly administered system health care costs would have been reduced in Connecticut by two billion dollars in 1999 by the reduction of administrative costs along with other different medical buying techniques such as buying medications in bulk.

    Disadvantages:
    Income taxes would increase and private insurance companies may be put out of the health care administrative business. Not to mention many Americans are worried it is just another route to socialism so therefore taking away private health care is un-American. Most would not argue that basic health care should be an available human right to all Americans and most would also agree that our current system is not working and we should all get united on health care in the U.S. The universal national health care debate will be with our society for an inevitable amount of time, or at least until healthcare is available to more Americans, so expect this to be a topic for politicians in many future elections.
    http://personalinsure.about.com/cs/healthinsurance1/a/aa060903a.htm
     
  2. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

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    I pay roughly 60% in taxes now.

    I see no way I could afford any further increase. Unlesss I intend to live in a cardboard box, eat rice, and ride a bicycle everywhere I go.
     
  3. Lilbit

    Lilbit Road Train Member

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    Having dealt with medical assistance once in the past, absolutely not way on God's green earth would I agree to a universal health care program. Try and find a dentist that takes medical assistance in my town - not happening. The government just needs to stay away from that thought completely.
     
  4. heyns57

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    Two well-respected doctors in our area wrote letters to the editor favoring universal health care. I suppose they are tired of giving freebees to people without insurance. Also, some doctors are restricting their practice to their private patient list, that is, patients who pay an annual enrollment fee like wealthy people having a lawyer on retainer. Where does that leave the little guy? Although you have employer insurance, you may not be able to find a primary care physician taking new patients. Would universal health care aggravate the doctor shortage?
     
  5. MeanGreen

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    Something definetly needs to be done about our health care system in the USA . I dont think our government could pull off a univeral system worth a #### . They would waste so much plus they would probablly close for to many holidays. I think the Feds would do us Justice by stoping some of these Lawsuits that go on in this country to help lower Insurance costs for the Doc's . They could also do something about the Drug companies .From what i understand we pay for most of the R&D for these drug companies they figure that into our medicine price . Other Nations flat out tell the Drug companies how much they can charge for meds or cut some sort of deal . Maybe if some of these other nations helped pay for this Research and Development this would help lower med costs . As i see it now when we sign up with an insurance company and PAY them . You pretty much need a lawyer to figure everything out atleast the plan i have now seems that way . They make allot of errors and those errors always seem to be in their favor . They pretty much have me by the you know what. Just today i found out they dropped my 1 month daughter for what reason i guess i'll have to find out on Monday because they were closed today. So i had to pay regular price something i havent done in a long time . 50 dollar doc visit not bad that seems about right . But the medicine part just flat out shocked me . 100 dollars for baby antacid ..Had to pay and hope they'll reimburse me . Anyways enough about me i think if the Government just went to bat for us a little more against these Insurance Companies that in conjunction with tort-reform to help lower costs . Maybe just Maybe most of us could afford proper health care without going to a Government run Universal System .
     
  6. slingblade07

    slingblade07 Light Load Member

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    I say no, just because I dont believe in federal government involvement in these areas. That is the problem, the federal government thinks it can fix all our problems, yet it creates more. When are people going to figure out, it needs to go back to our local and state governments. California is far different than Iowa etc etc. One plan does not fit all communities in our country.
     
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  7. Wooly Rhino

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    NO to Univerisal Health Care. What people want is affordable health care not affordable insurance. Insurance is one of the reasons health care is so expensive. If no one had insurance we all could afford to go to the doctor because they would not be able to charge more then we could pay.
     
  8. RickG

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    My 35 year old stepson died Wednesday . He was in an accident a year ago , suffered a severe brain injury and has been in a vegetative state since . He had been in a VA nursing home . A little over a month ago the VA called my wife and said he had an infection and high fever and needed to go to the hospital . He had one of those deadly antibiotic resistant bacterial infections . My wife stayed at the hospital the next 3 weeks , sleeping in a chair in his room , eating in the hospital cafeteria , and leaving only to go to her mother's house nearby to shower . About the middle of the second week hospital staff began telling my wife his condition wasn't improving and medicare had a 3 week limit on payments for patients with conditions that weren't showing improvement . He'd have to leave in a few days . And go where ? The VA had said they couldn't keep him in that condition . My wife had been unhappy with the level of care at the VA and been trying for over a month to find another facility to transfer him to . There were no openings . The hospital staff contacted hospice services to try to help . There were no openings in any hospices . The only alternative seemed to be to place a hospital bed in our home and have hospice nurses help my wife . My wife's mother , 4 sisters , and daughter live 15 -20 minutes from the hospital . We live 50 miles from there . At last minute my wife's sisters found an empty apartment a few minutes from their mother's house . A medical supply company delivered a hospital bed and oxygen machine just hours before he was booted out of the hospital .
    Nobody should go through that because of insurance limitations .
     
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  9. luvmyhubby

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    There are BILLIONS in fraud every year for MEDICARE in this country how can we even begin to hope that the government could run a health care system for everyone when they CANT manage a system for the disabled/elderly???

    When my dad was recovering from his gallbladder surgery and needed to get physical rehab for his leg (previous work injury 30 years ago) he went to an inpatient facility close to my home. They took every DIME of his retirement except 60 BUCKS A MONTH!! THEN after he had yet another surgery I had learned quite a bit and his doc kept him in the hospital for 3 days so then MEDICARE paid for his first 30 days back in rehab 100% did he get to keep his retirement for those days, NO the facility still took it!!!!!

    Trying to figure out the INS and OUTS of the system is hard enough NOW, get the goverment involved in every citizens care and people will be caught on a tread mill that leads to poor care, no care, and fraud.
     
  10. Roadmedic

    Roadmedic Road Train Member

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    Could be. But when I was doing the ambulance work, I did billing too. Many of the insurance companies would not pay the full bill. They would pick and choose what they wanted to pay.

    It could be the doctors are getting fed up with it as well.
     
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