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Want some info on a public option for healthcare and UHC?

Existing problems
There has long been concern about bureaucracy, high premiums, and deficits in the German system. Doctors launched a strike in March 2006 due to a rise in work hours and no growth in salaries. Low salaries have driven thousands of German doctors to seek work in other countries.

This is of course for Germany..you can read more at the link below and it also has info on Canadas and others.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 9:41 PM on Aug. 2, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:42 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

  • Notice the "myths and facts" section as well
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:44 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

  • i think the case study of canada is more relevant:

    Denial of Care

    Millions of Canadian patients are not getting the care they need from their government-controlled health care system

    * More than half of Canadian adults (56 percent) sought routine or ongoing care in 2005 – of these, one in six said they had trouble getting routine care.
    * Fourteen percent of Canadians - approximately five million people - are still without a family doctor. Within this group, more than two million (41 percent) have tried to find a family doctor and were not successful.
    pookipoo

    Answer by pookipoo at 9:50 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

  • Millions of Canadian patients are not getting the care they need from their government-controlled health care system


     Ok, but millions of Americans don't get care from our privately controlled system.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:52 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

  • And on top of that the US has the highest cure rate for cancer. What will happen to that.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 9:53 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

  • Ok, but millions of Americans don't get care from our privately controlled system.


    Yes, they do. All you have to do is visit the ER. Many with serious/chronic conditions can qualify for medicaid.

    Be careful of the millions you are quoting. It isn't ALL Americans.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 9:58 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

  • anon :56 you have a really good point... thats true. i dont think UHC is the answer though for america... i dont know what the answer should be because the private insurance companies need to reform i will admit, but i dont think UHC is the way to do it.
    pookipoo

    Answer by pookipoo at 9:59 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

  • Agree pook besides the number of uninsured in the U.S. is exaggerated.There are alot of illegals counted in that and also those who do not want insurance and those who could afford it but choose not to.I really question 47 million being without and it being all americans.
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 10:03 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

  • Yes, they do. All you have to do is visit the ER
    _________________________
    That is so much bs! I am uninsured, and I slipped a disk a while back. I needed traction and physical therapy, recommended by a physician. Do you think you can get that in the ER? So guess what, I don't get it. Also, how much do you think an ER visit costs? Just because someone is uninsured doesn't mean they are a deadbeat or that they want to screw up their credit. I still owe from my daughter's stitches that she had to get a while back. Are you really saying that the ER is all you ever need from the medical system? How about a check-up?
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 10:05 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

  • i know in CA if you're considered low income and have children you get medi-cal... i think its called healthy families or something, and also my friend has a family of 4 and they only pay $250 a month for blue shield... im sure you can find some type of insurance to fit your budget if your employer doesnt cover it or you're self employed
    pookipoo

    Answer by pookipoo at 10:11 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

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