October 03, 2009

We Have to Stop

In almost all common discussion today, we are conflating health insurance with health care. This can only benefit the insurance companies if we describe what they provide as "care". It isn't. It is actually a limitation on the choices we can make. HMOs, of course, are the worst. They limit referrals, medications and procedures at a higher rate than Preferred Provider Plans.

But at the bottom, no matter what insurance companies do, they do not provide health care! My doctor, the man that actually does provide it, thinks that it is time that all citizens were eligible for Medicare or its equal. He's the man whose pockets are affected, but he cares more for the health of his people than about simple income. And moreover, the group he works with has provided service with no billing for people who are really in need.

Remember, providers are not in the habit of telling you that you are "not eligible" for care. People who give health care do not get monthly blobs of cash from your employer -- and from you.

Don't confuse health care with insurance, please. No one but the sharks benefit from that.

Posted by Scorpio at October 3, 2009 11:44 AM | | Technorati links |

But, our president is making this case for health care insurance reform. Isn't that the term Speaker Pelosi has used, too? Some focus group told them that was the way to get this done. Not working too well is it?

Posted by: peter at October 3, 2009 09:46 PM

You're right and this truth is seen very well at my country (sorry, don't want to say where I'm from...).

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Posted by: Bruce at October 5, 2009 01:47 PM

Figuring that the worst thing about our current situation is that close to a third of us have no health care at all, I haven't dealt much with reform of the health care system, per se. When I refer to the insurance situation, I call it "health care financing" or something like that. I think terms like that put it in the proper context.

It's not all that needs to be fixed about our health care system. It's just the most immediate problem.

Posted by: Cujo359 at October 5, 2009 10:10 PM

Whoever say that “Why should I have to pay for healthcare for people who don’t take care of themselves?” is just the mindset of a very selfish person. Most fall sick not because they want it. Who wants to be sick? The medical care in this country is so expensive that if you are unlucky enough to get one of those serious illnesses, it can bankrupt you and leaving your family to bear the expenses. It's widely known that the wealth of 1% of the population is more than the other 90% combined and those 1% are those that are rich enough to fall sick. The cost to care for any serious illnesses is more than what the other 90% can afford. Watch Michael Moore's sicko and you will see why the healthcare of this country is just outrageous.

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Posted by: Julis at October 12, 2009 07:14 PM