originally posted by: Bluntone22
This is all because the government is trying to make heath insurance affordable instead of making healthcare affordable.
The aca was a lousy bloated bill that nobody had time to read or understand.
is what Obama should have been dealing with, not an insurance ponzi scheme. the fact of the matter is the whole medical
is one giant money making racket.
you have the pharmaceutical industry charging far more for medication than it costs to produce. heck there are even companies out there that have
bought patented medications, and just jacked up the cost of them nothing else. and this is legal? it really shows when you buy medication in other
countries. people in the US want to buy medicine from Canada, because it's cheaper. how can that be if they were charging a fair price
? and yet
my father spends less on his medication in total in another country than even the dispensing fee
in Canada, forget about the cost of the
medication it's self. the exact same medication, including the brand
. again how can the same medicine be so much cheaper just because it is
bought in a different country? the answer is that they are fleecing people, because it is affordable
(and mainly due to insurance
people have that pays for it).
and the problem doesn't stop with medication, but is a part of each piece of the medical industry. a medical tool
costs far more than a similar
"non-medical tool" would cost. medical supplies
, cost far more than it costs to produce. how much do they charge for example for a fiberglass
cast for the supplies? yet what difference is there between the supplies for that cast, and the fiberglass supplies that you get at a car parts shop
for under $40? the same for medical equipment
, yet again charging far more than it costs to produce. then you have medical services
can you have a difference in cost having an MRI done? just in the US an MRI can cost anywhere from $400-$3,500, for the same test, does that make
sense? then you also have hospitals and doctors charging a fortune on top of that. in a large part these inflated prices are due to the fact many
people have insurance
(and that includes socialized medical systems
), which means they can "afford it". which of course is business
principles, "charge what the market will bear", and "supply and demand".
the real answer is not socialized medicine
. all socialized medical is, is a form of insurance
. it does not help or stop the problem, it
just adds to it. all it means is that it gets paid for by tax money
, instead of from an insurance company or out of your pocket. it does not
keep the cost down, it allows it to go higher and higher. just last week a friend posted a story on how the UK was needing to make cuts to their
socialized medicine, because there is not enough tax money for it. recently the federal government in Canada, did not give the Provinces all the money
they needed to pay for their socialized medical plans. this either means they need to cut back on services, or increase the debt to pay for it. early
in the 2000's Ontario cut back on covered medical services because they could not afford them anymore, among those cuts were things like not covering
chiropractic care, or physical therapy for people. seriously people in Canada already needed private medical insurance
since things like eye
care (like glasses), dental, and medication were never covered. yeah in Canada the place everyone went on about during the ACA debate, you have always
needed to buy your own "health insurance"
, or get it at work (unless of course you are on welfare, which has it provided free).
what the real answer to the problem is (and socialized medical has the same problem in most countries), is to force the entire medical industry to
charge fair prices
for everything. good luck with that. of course the easiest way to do this would be for the government to either declare the
entire medical industry non-profit
. thus ensuring that things needed at every step of the medical industry is priced at what it actually costs
to produce and do. or to socialize
the entire medical industry. ie not just paying for medical costs, but being in charge of those costs as
well. and that would also need to include insurance
for medical care, if there is not socialized medical coverage.