October 31, 2007
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A 10% gain on $41,730.00 invested in United Healthcare or
the premium we pay for lower quality health care as compared to our friends to the north.
Who's negotiating for us? Can I get this guy to negotiate for me?
They didn't do any studies based on wait time... Try going to a doctor in Canada for a less serious problem. Broken arm? Hope you didn't have any plans this week...
Excellent point, what data do you have? I know from personal experience that in rural Conneticut we were admitted immediately for a dislocated toe, saw a doctor/practicioner in less than hour but the whole process lasted three hours. In Burlington VT about four, for a dislocated shoulder, on Long island about 5 hours for a burst spleen.
Stories from friends in Cananda, one friend particularly who lived in Canada and married an American and moved to the midwest. She had a hip problem that no Canadian doctor would see without a lengthy wait, but once in the states immediately got a doctor's appointment to have it checked out. Other similar tales...
When all medical care is free, there's no incentive not to abuse the system. If all medicine and all doctor visits are totally without charge, everything from a sneeze or a hang-nail send people to the doctor. It costs the government or the insurance provider a lot of money and it overloads the system. This is why insurance companies have deductibles, to discourage people from using their insurance more often than they truly need to.