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You are absolutely right, I have been in healthcare for over 20 years and I have experienced firsthand the profit motive outweighing the availability of affordable healthcare firsthand many times. I am not holding YVMC responsible for the problem just pointing out that they are part of the problem. And yes I do make a personal choice to use allopathic medicine as little as possible and prefer to take a preventative and proactive approach to my personal health using nutrition, stress management, exercise and other modalities to maintain health and longevity. Unfortunately in the few instances I have had to use allopathic medicine over the years I have often had to go outside of Yampa Valley to save $. I have always had health insurance for catastrophic injury/illness, but like everyone else my premiums continue to go up along with my deductible regardless of claim history. IMHO we have a broken and inefficient health care system in this country. Affordable healthcare is available in every industrialized country except ours, there is no perfect system and I just happen to believe that ours has far more room for improvement than most.
Believe what you will and you obviously didn't read this link which without too much imagination can be extrapolated to most if not all medical procedures. Long live the AMERICAN DREAM!
My point is that why do we need to profit on sickness and death? Anyone taking the side of all the parties that make our healthcare only the most expensive not the most efficient or effective is sadly misinformed and or delusional. In your case likely both.
And if you or one of your family were involved in an obvious case of negligence, would you be content with your life being valued at $360K? Not likely! Yes punitive damages can be outrageous and yes they do contribute to high malpractice insurance costs, but by no means would tort reform keep all the healthcare players you mentioned from maximizing their profits all at the expense of the sick and dying. Plain and simple, profit comes above all else in our system even when it is about basic human rights. It's the American way!
I especially like some of the comments related to this article and I share the sentiments of the comment noted below. Sad but true!
"This is unacceptable!! If there are no limits on out of pocket expenses, then there is no insurance coverage. Why would anyone pay for insurance when their out of pocket expenses are not capped? We are back to square one and probably worse off!
This president (not the Congress) has capitulated to the health insurers and sold out the American people.
I will no longer be duped into voting for the lesser of two evils! No Republican or Democrat will get my vote for any office in the country until they clearly demonstrate they are on the side of ordinary people (i.e. 99% of us.) Talk is cheap; I want demonstrative results! Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Enough is enough!"
Oh sorry to single out the Hospitals, lets not forget about the pharmaceutical industry and equipment manufacturers/suppliers! When in Rome...
As a follow up to my griping. Do we really have the best healthcare in the world or just the most expensive? Me thinks the latter! If we could ever take the profit motive out of sickness, death and dying (like every other industrialized nation) we might actually create something of value to all citizens regardless of their socio-economic position. Affordable healthcare should be a right not a privilege, unfortunately that would be far too socialist minded for many and is not likely to be seen in my lifetime.
Really, why all the fuss about something that many in the community can't afford. Every time I have needed an MRI I have made the trip to Denver or elsewhere since the cost is less than half what YVMC charges and same for many other procedures. Most of us with insurance have high deductibles and end up paying out of pocket for the first $5-10k. People are beginning to realize that it's not just the insurance companies that are responsible to our sky-rocketing health care costs but also the many Hospitals (profit and non-profit) that are gouging their communities with exorbitant rates for everything from bandages and room rates to diagnostic testing. Thank you YVMC for a piece of equipment many of us will never see.
Thanks Jeff, but lets not forget that the likes of Sara Palin, Michele Bachman and Ann Coulter are the gifts that keep on giving. Without them comedians would have to write their own jokes and the GOP might actually look like a reasonable alternative.
This about sums up the diatribes from Coulter, Limbaugh and much of the rest of that cast of characters.
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