May 23, 2007, 7:58 AM
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What you have hit upon is a delimna that most of us are going to have to decide what is best for each of us individually.
Re: [dlyman6500] Medicare or Local Medical Care?
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In the US an MD that I worked with for yours, closed his office because his overhead was 88%:
overheads included office space, staffing payroll and benefits, two people to handle insurance claims and rejects, stock medicines, supplies and equipment, taxs, licenses and malpractice insurance!.
With what he had left after paying his direct expenses, he could not pay for his home, retirement, food for his 8 kids, etc. He had been in practice for over 25 years. We've lost him.
As a member of the US Medical Establishment, I can say we have much to be proud of, but even more to be completely ashamed of. We love to spout statistics concerning how modern our healthcare is, but in reallity the statistics are for the toys the docs play with, about the # of Rx's written each. They don't generally tell about the poeple killed by wrong medications, or those dieing from having the wrong organ removed, or dying while waiting for an appointment, or dieing by contracting MRSA while a patient in the hospital.. Our poor rate of infant survival in this countryis below many of the "third world" countries.
The Doctor I told about earlier in the essay, sold out his soul to become a "hospitalist" to work for a corporation as a hospital doctor. Hospitalists will see patients while in the hospital and upon discharging the patients have no follow up with them. The patient then goes to his original doctor for follow up. So now we have two doctors treating us both in the hospital and another one outside who was not involved with the care you refceived in the hospital. This is Very confusing and dangerous. I do not see it getting better, I've retired my license in April, very confusing and will lead to more mistakes within our System. I'll take my chances with the Mexican system.
You are correct in weighing out the challenges and needs and then deciding what is your best course.
And in the meantime, the politicians, insurance techs will decide if you may have the opportunity/priviledge to see a doctor for 15 minutes, corporate rats, AMA, Pharmaceuticals decide what type of healthcare will we have and how much they should pay them selves in bonuses,stock options and buy-outs.
The people remain silent. For what I do not know. The American Health care system is not dead but most of the aware people realize it is on "life support".
There are hundreds of paths up the mountain,
all leading in the same direction,
so it doesn't matter which path you take.
The only one wasting time is the one
who runs around and around the mountain,
telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.
(This post was edited by drmike on May 23, 2007, 8:46 AM)