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Improving Health Care

Doug5049 Wrote: Jun 13, 2012 9:24 AM
The more government is involved in medicine, the worse it becomes. Go to any big city "General Hospital". The waiting rooms are filthy, the patients wait for hours, the security guards are armed city police officers, because of the ever-present threat of drug theft. On the other end of the spectrum, cosmetic surgery clinics and vision correction surgery clinics are not taxpayer funded; they're not even insurance funded. The customer pays directly to the provider for the service provided. Clean, beautiful waiting rooms, close-by parking, patients are seen at the actual time of the appointment, etc. When the payment is provided by anybody other than the actual person receiving the treatment, incentive to provide good customer service is gone.
theerighthstuff Wrote: Jun 13, 2012 9:27 AM
Are you really comparing city hospitals to cosmetic surgery centers to back your failed argument? Are you really that stupid, or are you pulling our legs?
Doug5049 Wrote: Jun 13, 2012 9:37 AM
Just comparing two opposite ends of the spectrum. In between are medical services paid for by insurance companies, and provided to the insured. I had a knee operation paid for partly by my insurance company, to whom I had paid premiums. There were also out of pocket costs which were considerable, but manageable. It was not done in a government hospital, thank God. The service was better than government medical care, but I didn't have as many choices as a Lasik patient paying the entire cost out of pocket, it wasn't as customer-service oriented. But still worlds better than government medicine. The knee works fine now.
Earl29 Wrote: Jun 13, 2012 9:42 AM
Are you really unable to understand the point Doug is making? Are you just trying to pull his leg?
MG formerly minnesotagrandma Wrote: Jun 13, 2012 12:07 PM
Of course. Therightstuff could not possibly have said something like
Why are you comparing or how could you compare the two. No a liberal. A liberal just HAS to start name calling.

Very measured responce Doug. Good for you for not reciprocating in kind.

Any day now, the U.S. Supreme will rule on whether the Obamacare insurance mandate is constitutional. Seems like a no-brainer to me. How can forcing me to engage in commerce be constitutional?

But there's a deeper question: Why should government be involved in medicine at all?

Right before President Obama took office, the media got hysterical about health care. You heard the claims: America spends more than any country -- $6,000 per person -- yet we get less. Americans die younger than people in Japan and Western Europe. Millions of Americans lack health insurance and worry about paying for...