I know how many people are really against the healthcare reform that was passed last year. I have a lot of issues with it myself. But, what is the answer? There are so many people who have no health insurance, can't afford medications, can't afford needed treatments and frankly, my husband and I are one job away from being in the same position (if we lost his insurance for any reason). Truly, I'm interested in seeing what people think but please, no demonizing of the Democrats or Republicans.
OMG - clearly I need to clarify. I'm not sure what the solution is, but I don't think the only problem with our healthcare system is that people don't want to pay. I personally know plenty of people who cannot afford to go to the doctor on a regular basis because they have no insurance and their monthly budget cannot bear the $120 cost of an out of pocket office visit.
Having said that, I fully realize that when people chose not to obtain insurance or pay their medical bills when they can afford it burden the rest of us who do. I ask this question because healthcare is unaffordable for many people. I asked for people's opinions because clearly this is a significant problem in our country.
Personally, I think the legal profession - from ambulance-chasing malpractice lawyers to the law makers in Congress - is what keeps health care costs rising. If we didn't need to add in the expense of medical malpractice insurance, the cost of expensive tests that are "required" from a cover-your-ass perspective, or the myriad of governance issues and licenses doctors, hospitals and other practitioners need in order to conduct business in the United States, our health care would be much more affordable. That situation isn't likely to change since we're asking the people responsible and benefiting from the situation to "fix" it - in essence putting themselves out of a hefty sum of money.
Answer by Dr.Donna at 8:41 AM on Jan. 25, 2011
Answer by kenzie07 at 10:36 AM on Jan. 25, 2011
Answer by Farmlady09 at 11:04 AM on Jan. 25, 2011
Answer by jewjewbee at 8:33 AM on Jan. 25, 2011
Answer by NotPanicking at 9:32 AM on Jan. 25, 2011
Answer by jewjewbee at 10:29 AM on Jan. 25, 2011
Answer by kenzie07 at 10:46 AM on Jan. 25, 2011
Few people can afford to pay out of pocket for major illnesses, hospitalizations, emergency services for large scale injuries or long term rehab therapies. Unless you're sitting on a golden goose egg of liquid cash, No way. The system needs to be reformed, so that medical decisions are made between the patient and the MEDICAL professional..the Insurance middle man should NOT be able to deny payment for those services. How about we scale back on the layers of bureaucratic admin costs...for a start
. A system where you pay in for years, yet when services are MOST needed you are denied coverage is a broken system. Like Dr Donna said, the legal eagles are the fox guarding the hen house and they have no interest in fixing what is wrong-
Answer by Sisteract at 10:50 AM on Jan. 25, 2011
Answer by NotPanicking at 11:08 AM on Jan. 25, 2011
Answer by jewjewbee at 8:46 AM on Jan. 25, 2011