Originally posted by skunknuts
reply to post by anon72
Um, I think you are not understanding what is right in front of you.
"...this particular expensive treatment actually doesn't do any good medically and so we are not going to pay for it. That is actually going to save
quite a lot of money...that's going be a really, uh a really major cost saving."
Anyway, you'd prefer a panel of insurance company bureaucrats deciding what is or is not covered, knowing that insurance companies exist solely to
make a profit??!! Are you mad?
P.S. I thought conservatives were all for rationality and common-sense. Why would a conservative want the government to pay for expensive treatments
that don't work? Stop spreading lies, paranoia, and disinformation.
[edit on 3/30/2010 by skunknuts]
Wow skunk, you're the one that is nuts. It sure is right in front of us. The cat was let out of the bag. To me I look at it this way.
You think that it is a money saving opportunity and that the government isn't about profit. ROFLMAO!
That there will be NO biased decisions being made on expensive treatments. You see, if I were a 'specialist' hired by the government to review a
patients records for a much needed but very expensive operation and that patient is say 60 or older, I would probably lean a bit more in favor of that
government. My decision may be swayed just a bit to say "well, I don't think it will do any good." Yet a private doctor would then come in and
say that the operation would add 10 or more years to the person's life.
You see the dilemma? You seem to be thinking that the government will make decisions based on the people. It will not. It will make them based on
money. Period. If it costs too much then all of a sudden there is just no hope for you.
I say this from experience. My mother was on a government program. She got seriously ill. Once her expenses topped the $750k mark (and not a penny
above) we got a call from the doctor saying that he felt there was nothing they could do to save her. This after all of the while telling us that she
is getting better and doing well and will be brought back to consciousness soon.
Well, something came up and another operation would be needed. Of course I am speculating here because I'm NOT a doctor. But I have researched my
mothers condition and it is usually not fatal for people in their 60's. It's brutal but they can usually recover fully. Well, she was 47.
I was surrounded by these doctors and they all just hounded me into giving in and having her removed from life support. They insisted that there was
nothing they could do. The problem is that she was doing so well until that critical money amount came in.
I was told absolutely that once they removed her from the system that it would be quick. Within two or three minutes. 8+ hours later I finally said
goodbye to the woman that brought me into this world holding her hand the entire time.
I just wish I would have done the research BEFORE that meeting while she was in the hospital. I would have been better armed to refuse them and force
them to help her. You see, she was on disability thus all health costs were covered by the government.
Now these very same people will control who gets the treatment and who doesn't.
I hope you don't get sick to the point that you end up being weighed against the cost.