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Reforming Healthcare: Heading for the Emergency room

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June 27, 2009 – Comments (8)

"The Economist" has a pretty reasonable article about health care - which is unusual for this magazine. Looks like HMOs now have trouble selling their propaganda even to our staunchest allies from "Airstrip One".

http://www.economist.com/displayStory.cfm?story_id=13899647&source=hptextfeature

 

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#1) On June 27, 2009 at 3:14 PM, starbucks4ever (97.18) wrote:

"NO ONE will be astonished to hear that health care costs more in Indiana than in India. However, a few might be surprised to learn that Americans spend more than twice as much per person on health care as Swedes do. And many may be shocked to be told that in Miami people pay twice as much as in Minnesota, even for far worse care.

The American health-care system, which gobbles up about 16% of the country’s economic output, is by far the most expensive in the world (see chart 1). The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that on current trends spending on Medicare and Medicaid, the government schemes for the old and the poor, will rise from 4% of GDP in 2007 to 12% in 2050. The prospect of long-term fiscal disaster is the main reason why efforts to reform health care are gaining momentum in Washington, DC. As Peter Orszag, the director of Barack Obama’s Office of Management and Budget, puts it, “that ‘long term’ keeps getting closer and closer.”"

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#2) On June 27, 2009 at 3:33 PM, portefeuille (99.59) wrote:

also see this post: Socialist Babies.

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#3) On June 27, 2009 at 4:36 PM, AnAmateur (< 20) wrote:

we have far more blacks here though who consume everything yet contribute nothing but crime and 52% of all homicide despite being 13% of the U.S population.

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#4) On June 27, 2009 at 4:53 PM, bcnu6 (29.69) wrote:

Within the U.S. there is one group receiving true socialized medicine--the military.  Active duty receive care from military doctors.  Veterans with disabilities are eligible to receive medical care from doctors employed by the VA.  (Some other categories of veterans also qualify for VA treatment.)  While military people tend to be much more conservative than the general population, they love their socialized medicine.

 

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#5) On June 27, 2009 at 5:07 PM, bcnu6 (29.69) wrote:

Re: comment #3

"blacks here though who consume everything yet contribute nothing but crime. . ."

Wow.   How sad to have lived a life that could lead to such ideas.

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#6) On June 27, 2009 at 5:21 PM, starbucks4ever (97.18) wrote:

Well, I guess we've got at least one avid reader of Volkischer Beobachter :)

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#7) On June 27, 2009 at 6:06 PM, MattH42004 (30.23) wrote:

RE: Comment #3

Wow. Just a disturbing level of ignorance to be shown in so few words.

 zloj

+1 for the obscure historical reference.  

 

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#8) On June 27, 2009 at 7:48 PM, caterpillar10 wrote:

....Active duty receive care from military doctors.  Veterans with disabilities are eligible to receive medical care from doctors employed by the VA.....

Active's dependents, actives on leave, retirees & dependents, CDC FBI & other Homeland Security agents are also covered under 'TRICARE' (has a website). Just on Rx's the combined branches of the DOD benefit plans are THE biggest consumer of prescription drugs in the world. It could turn out to be one of the models for what the new regime will look like.    

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