Monday, September 17, 2012

And We Begin Week 4.....

The doctor wanted to keep my dad in the hospital another week, but America's healthcare system isn't about healthCARE--it's about health INSURANCE, which puts companies like Blue Cross in the middle, and it is their sole aim to charge as much as legally possible for a service that they fight tooth and nail against providing.  So the INSURANCE company decided--Dad's health be damned--that he had to move into a different facility, and that he had to move on Saturday or nothing.  Nice. 

America spends 50% more per person on health care than the next-highest nation, and we get nothing in return.  The most generous studies show that life expectancy in America is 12th in the world.  AND all the countries ahead of us are on socialized medicine.  Two years ago we had a chance to do something about the atrocious state of our health care system, but instead of looking at the real problem--(for-profit insurance machines with unlimited lobbying budgets)--Americans were dumb enough to let the dialogue be dominated by fools like Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann.  And in this election, we have vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who proposed a Medicare "voucher" program which would take Medicare--the only socialized medicine we have and the most efficient one because it's not about PROFIT--and basically turn it over to the insurance companies, which would deliver zero benefit but would then shave off an additional percentage of money available because those insurance machines are there to make MONEY, not to do what is ethically or medically necessary.  And I know a lot of damn fools who depend on Medicare who will actually vote for Romney & Ryan.  If the American health INSURANCE system isn't scaring the hell out of every American right now, they just simply aren't paying attention.

2 comments:

Alacaeriel said...

To start off with, I will say that I'm in Australia.

In 2004/2005 I had stereotactic radio-surgery for a malformed blood vessel in my brain. It didn't cost me anything due to being fully covered by socialised medicine (I was a disability pensioner), but for someone who had a bit more money, it would have cost $AUS2,000 each time. In fact, I had to sign a form saying it cost $2,000 and I was being charged $0. At the same time, it would have cost me $US20,000 a pop if I was in the USA. Around that time, the Australian dollar was worth around 60c US, to give you an idea of the reality of the price difference.

Socialised medicine isn't perfect, I'll be the first to admit that, but I can also say that I will never move permanently to the USA because medically, I can't afford to.

Alacaeriel said...

Also, best wishes to your father, and to your entire family. I also act as carer to my mother (long story), and will tell you what I've been told - repeatedly. Don't forget to look after yourself.

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