AcidRock23 wrote:Another 'cost' is that fact that hospitals are required to provide care for people w/ no $$$ since the current model of governmental 'insurance' (sic) covers many procedures only fractionally. To stay in business, hospitals and other medical providers have to overcharge people with insurance. Insurance is typically priced at a level designed to make sure that the insurer doesn't take a beating so the people funding this sort of treatment are health care consumers who pay at a higher rate than they would if the government would be socially responsible and take action to manage this shortfall more effectively. It is not unmanageable but they would have to try rather than spitting pennies into the wind. Privatization is a joke.
It's called cost shifting. But those who are commercially insured aren't the ones who get screwed. Most of the large insurers have such large blocks of business that they get pretty sweet deals from the providers. You can basically equate it to "buying in bulk." But you're right, the government is a terrible reimburser of healthcare services. Medicaid is probably the worst payor, and Medicaid isn't a whole lot better. But the people that really get screwed are the private payors, those without coverage or very limited coverage. Makes a good argument for getting rif of public welfare programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, doesn't it?
AcidRock23 wrote:As the demographic wave hits (my dad was born in 1942, just as my grandfather left for the Army so he is 64 now and is a bit older than the traditional baby boomers who were born after the war, when soldiers returned to peace, prosperity and families...), the health care system will face a tremendous burden. I don't think that there is really enough oil in Iraq to fund the care of these people and we would be better served to make investments in our economy, infrastructure and education just like we did after WWII when the economy boomed for about 25 years in a row.
I think I follow. i think you're saying that just because our society as a whole is getting older, it's going to mean more expensive procedures and such that correspond to an older population, and therefore more burden on the healthcare system as a whole. I can't really dispute that, I think it's just the way things are. If anything it says something about how good our healthcare system actually is that we have this problem. It would be much better if life expectancy went down, wouldn't it?
And as far as I'm concerned, we should do completely away with government involvement in infrastructure, education, and the economy and let the private sector work.
AcidRock23 wrote:Which also gets into my other idea of splitting Iraq into 3 chunks and selling it to Turkey, Iran and the Saudis so THEY can play find the car bombs instead of us. Take the money and run....
In theory that's a swell idea, but what makes you think that we actually "own" Iraq and therefore can sell it?