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Originally posted by TheOtaku
The government really has no obligation to, even in extreme cases. If they can do it without waiting lists and taxes going higher go for it. But otherwise I like having the million dollar coverage I have right now.
Originally posted by TheOtaku
Money is the root of all evil, so true huh? We all know the drug companies pay off our government. And yes we do elect them but in reality no one runs that is truly honest. The people that always should be a president or senator always say they couldn't lie to people en masse like that, etc... So sad but true.
Originally posted by Lucid Lunacy
It does make me angry. I plan on leaving the USA as soon as I can afford it.
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
The United States has medicare, medicaid and a host of public hospitals available to the poor. Any assertion to the contrary is untruthful. My government owes me medical services relative to my service-connected disabilities. I have lived for years without health insurance and have gotten the healthcare I need, either from the VA or the Public Hospitals, such as Medical Center of Louisiana (Charity Hospital), which is a teaching hospital for the medical schools of Tulane University and Louisiana State University. We don't need socialized medical care in America. We have the best healthcare system in the world.
America is a free-market society with safety-nets for the legitimatly poor. We don't require anything else.
Originally posted by dawnstar
It's not a free market...sorry....not with so much tax money being poored into like it is....it kind of throws the idea of a free market out the door.
then why do I hear stories of doctors telling ladies 8 months pregnant that their insurance has decided to refuse to pay and if she can't come up with an outrageous amount of money, he will refuse to do the delivery
And as far as it being far, well, how far is it that I am charged two or more times what the gov't is charged for the same services to the poor, and the insurance gets a discount, and the hospital gives out so much in charity....and, they decide, in order to get more from all of those, they have to cry that they are losing money and charge me, the uninsured more???
The aging population, coupled with the fact that New York State has the most expensive Medicaid plan in the country, is a recipe for rapidly escalating taxes. New York taxpayers pay 50% more for Medicaid than the next highest state. The average NYS Medicaid recipient receives $7,000 per year versus a national average for large states of $4,600. In Onondaga County 1 in 17 people are on Medicaid, versus 1 in 20 in other states. In Onondaga County, Medicaid costs have increased 42% in three years, from $55 million in 2001 to $78 million in 2004.
Relatively high Workers Compensation costs are one of the reasons why manufacturers leave NYS. The National Council on Compensation Insurance estimated the average cost of a workers compensation case in NYS to be $11,793 or 72% above the national average.
I'm not going to say this didn't happen, because you probably have the link at the ready, but there are ways to get medical services without money up front and what you describe sounds patently illegal and furthermore, you don't get eight months pregnant overnight. And of course, all horror stories involve a desparate, vulnerable and disadvantaged woman or a child.