StlSluggers wrote:Madison wrote:StlSluggers wrote:I believe that that, contrary to other posts in this thread, basic health care should be a right.
Curious, so I'd love to hear your opinion on why you believe that.
It's just the right thing to do. I understand that the right thing is not always feasible, but I don't like that, either.Art Vandelay wrote:StlSluggers wrote:Have you considered how much we "save" by not offering free preventive care? Sure, getting preventive care will cut down on emergency room visits/costs, but what if the number of people utilizing preventative care are 10, 20, or even 100 times larger the number of people using the emergency room? That difference (future preventative care less current emergency room visitors) is a saving we would give up if those people were to receive free preventative care.
I'm no expert on health care, but I've had the opportunity to interview and have lengthy discussions with quite a few people who are in the past year, and every one of them has said that the money spent on emergency care for people who could have avoided emergency care through preventative care is far more than it would cost to provide simple preventative care for everyone. I'm sure there are arguments and statistics that state otherwise, but just about all of the experts I've talked to are in agreement.
I think that we'll end up with some sort of free care for many people one day, so I hope those statistics are right. I wouldn't be surprised if they were wrong, though. As an analyst, I see daily examples of middle managers blowing away the bad data in order to focus on something that will make themselves look good. I'm a little cynical as a result.
Yeah, I have no way of knowing if the statistics and studies were skewed in some way, but I believe the people I've spoken with. These weren't just middle-managers at some insurance or health care company, they were US Senators, presidents of health care providers, a former governor and physician, etc.