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Carol H Tucker

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Today is the 6th day of the 30th week, the 27th day of the 7th month, the 208th day of 2018 [and with only 150 shopping days until Christmas], and: 
  • Bagpipe Appreciation Day
  • Barbie-in-a-blender Day
  • Cross Atlantic Communication Day
  • Lumberjack Day
  • National Creme Brulee Day
  • national Get Gnarly Day
  • National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
  • National Scotch Day
  • National Talk in an Elevator Day
  • System Administrator Appreciation Day
  • Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day: 27
  • Walk on Stilts Day
 

Quote of the day:
America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.”
~ Walter Cronkite

I have often commented the healthcare in the US is the best in the world [except when it isn’t] if and only if you can afford it.  Having made both insurance companies and medicine for profit, the costs have skyrocketed.  Medicare for all you say?  How could anyone be against it.  Well every medical facility is going to be because in our healthcare model, they have investors and investors want income and you aren’t going to get that in a single-payer system.   Take myself for example – a simple colonoscopy, a procedure recommended for most people every five years to monitor for intestinal cancer.  I just received the total bill for that – the office consultation, procedure, anesthetic, and subsequent cultures -- was $6,524.92 and that was what was submitted to Medicare.  According to their policies, at least in Maryland, that all should’ve cost 37.69% of that, so that was all that was approved.   That is quite a haircut and the doctor, anesthesiologist, and the lab aren’t going to make money – how do you think that impacts your healthcare providers’ finances?  How does it impact my finances?  They only paid 29.16% of the bill because of deductibles and the remaining $4,622.07 will be submitted to my supplemental carrier to see what they will pay.  And I will have to pay what is left after that out of pocket.

“The road to health is paved with good intestines!”
~ Sherry A. Rogers MD

This is why health maintenance that is routine, stuff that could save lives and cut down on costs in the future, doesn’t get done when you are not in the economic upper class.  In my personal case?  One of the polyps that were removed during this routine procedure turned out to be pre-cancerous and growing.  Now colonoscopies were not part of regular testing back in both of my grandmothers’ day and they both died from cancer of the bowels.  What if I didn’t have insurance?  What if I couldn’t go into hock to pay the remaining balance that wasn’t covered?  What if I knew that, and so skipped the regular procedure because I couldn’t afford it?

 
Healthcare needs to be assessable to everyone, not just a privileged few.
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