Comments on: The healthcare disconnect http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/07/10/the-healthcare-disconnect/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Hello http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/07/10/the-healthcare-disconnect/#comment-21041 Mon, 17 Aug 2009 19:18:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4466#comment-21041 How will we pay for healthcare over hall?? Get out of Iraqu and stop giving 10 billion dollars a MONTH to Dick Cheney’s companies that are not using any of that money to take care of our soldiers!!!!! Thats how, pretty simple actually!!

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By: Cecilia http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/07/10/the-healthcare-disconnect/#comment-20682 Tue, 11 Aug 2009 14:55:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4466#comment-20682 How can any intellegent person beleive that state run healthcare will be better and cost less? Does anyone really beleive that higher taxes to the rich are the answer? Does anyone want to add to our trillion dollar deficit? Aren’t we still involved in two wars? Why is national healthcare more important? If a woman has breast cancer, her chances of survival are much, much, much greater in the U.S. than countries that offer universal. This is a fact. Listen to the veterans who have experienced “national care” from VA hospitals. Timeliness is the most important factor when it comes to healthcare.

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By: John Wilson http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/07/10/the-healthcare-disconnect/#comment-19869 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 15:28:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4466#comment-19869 “After WWII, the european countries involved managed to create a public health care system out of the ashes of war, with far less resources than the ones available to the US today and they did it with borrowed money from the US. They have succeeded.” – Danny Breakfast

Really? Then why is it that so many of these countries have gone to great lengths to cut back on these systems if they are working so well? Answer: The economics of the situation right after WWII were quite different than the current economics in these countries. This was largely due to the fact that there was a smaller population right after WWII, the life expectancy was much lower, and people were having more children. So they had a sustainable system as long as their children continued to have the same life expectancy and had as many children as their parents did as well as continuing to earn at the same rate as their parents (adjusted for inflation). This obviously has not been the case. Instead they have a population that is growing by basically living longer but having less children to support those who are dependent on the system and they are earning less than their parents did. So they have two basic options at this point: cutting care (in a variety of ways including reducing the amount of procedures that are covered, changing the age of eligibility for coverage, etc.) or increasing taxation.

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By: Working Mom http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/07/10/the-healthcare-disconnect/#comment-19806 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 19:01:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4466#comment-19806 A very well written opinions peice Darrell. Having personally come from a universal health care system to the US system, I prefer the universal health care system. Despite it’s flaws. It is true, the general standard of living is lower due to higher income taxes, the wait lists for hostpitals are long, however the average doctor visit where you wait to be seen is in fact shorter where I was from than here and you pay zero or much less out of pocket and probably less overall. Private and public systems CAN co-exist side by side if you don’t wish a lower quality service. There is much misinformation concerning universal health care that is being circulated right now. My hope is that they look at serious reform of both insurance and the healthcare industry.

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By: Richard Woytowich http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/07/10/the-healthcare-disconnect/#comment-19568 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 01:01:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4466#comment-19568 Has anybody tried to address the huge difference between what providers charge and what they actually accept from some insurance companies? For some tests, the lab bills several hundred dollars, but because they are “participating providers”, they accept my insurance company’s payment – often a small fraction of the “sticker price”. Presumably, the uninsured pay full price. And what about insurance companies who provide coverage based on “reasonable and customary” charges? (I had that kind of coverage 25 years ago – I don’t know what it would cost today!) Unless a reform plan addresses this issue, we won’t know whose cost estimates to believe!

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By: Thomas George Walsh http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/07/10/the-healthcare-disconnect/#comment-18854 Sat, 18 Jul 2009 02:17:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4466#comment-18854 It could very well degenerate into a “two health care worlds”! Like many countries that have the “well to do” visiting the costly private clinics and hospitals and the rest having to depend on goverment run hospitals that are mostly “run down”!

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By: Petunia McIntyre http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/07/10/the-healthcare-disconnect/#comment-18792 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 14:17:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4466#comment-18792 “Opponents complain about a “government-run” health system and bureaucrats coming between physicians and patients.

As opposed to what? The current way of for-profit health insurance companies coming between physicians and patients?

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By: Shelley Binkley http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/07/10/the-healthcare-disconnect/#comment-18753 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 03:23:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4466#comment-18753 If you think IT is going to solve health care finances, you’re wrong. Most Americans don’t have the scientific knowledge or access to evolving medical information to understand their medical illnesses. One of the roles of doctors, nurses, and other health care providers is to provide and interpret information in the context of the individual’s life.

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By: Bruce S. Mitizak http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/07/10/the-healthcare-disconnect/#comment-18720 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 17:28:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4466#comment-18720 Someday soon people need to figure out that any program run/administered by our government will be costly, bloated and fail. Look at the past for endless examples.

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By: James http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/07/10/the-healthcare-disconnect/#comment-18696 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 23:07:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4466#comment-18696 I implore the American People; Do Not Allow Government Controlled Health Care! I am an Honorably Discharged Disabled Veteran of The United States Navy. The Veterans Administration Health Care System is a window to the future of what will be if this is allowed. For instance; I lost my glasses at work yesterday in rough terrain. Today I went to the VA Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. My Disability is for a Service connected eye impairment. The Government controlled VA had; 5 years ago, outsourced eye exams to a local optician. The VA in Minneapolis MN. has an optician but they first said I would have to wait until I had an appointment in 32 days. I told the desk that my disability was Service Connected for a visual impairment and that I am a priority case as such. “Nothing we can do” was the answer. Then my wife pointed to a sign on the wall that I obviously couldn’t read which read “Please allow 6 weeks for delivery on glasses”. Oh yes, let me not forget the hour that I waited on the phone this morning hearing the repeated message that my call was important, asking me to hold on the line. I later found out that no one was manning the phones so I would have waited forever on the long distance call to nobody. Help yourselves but I’m just warning you – you must never become ill or have a heart attack because the service you will receive may be worse than having a good friend take you out to the woods and relieve your suffering with a bullet.
James
USN Disabled Veteran
Blind in one eye – can’t see out of the other!

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