Wednesday, July 01, 2009

True, True

The Health Care Reform debate, boiled down to six panels.




DADvocate said...

Left out is the fact that those who truly need health insurance are only about 8 million. But, since the only tool the Democrats is a hammer, they'll destroy what we have and replace it with an inefficient bureaucracy like every other government agency.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

As opposed to the privately run, inefficient bureaucracy we currently have? I remember attending benefit meetings for a past employer's provider, to explain things to policy holders who "chose" to be a part of our employer's plan. The bottom line was "don't get sick."

Being a part of that plan cost more than state and federal taxes combined. It was awesome.

Then when I did get sick, I luckily lived on St. Simons Island, that had a fantastic local clinic that was speedy and cheap. Which was lucky, because my sicknesses never exceeded the deductible, and I had to pay out of pocket.

Though I still got mad that I had to pay a doctor so I could tell him or her what was wrong with me. Every time I've gone to a doctor when I haven't diagnosed myself before hand, there hasn't been a whole lot of help to be had. "Sometimes, people just have pain, and it doesn't mean anything's wrong." Thanks, guys.

An old roommate, who has asthma, got the runaround every time he saw the docs, and never was treated effectively. I get bronchitis, and I get a prescription for an inhaler, which I didn't need. You can imagine how well that worked out back at the house.

Heck of a system we got here.

The only reason I keep "choosing" to sign up for my employer's plan is so that, when something really rough happens (car accident, GSW, lightning strike, wild boars maul me, etc), I can die in a hospital bed and not hurt my family's estate too much.

DADvocate said...

Every time I've gone to a doctor when I haven't diagnosed myself before hand, there hasn't been a whole lot of help to be had.

Much of the time I diagnose myself before hand. A couple of times, once for a knee injury and once for foot pain, I was able to figure out, over time, better treatment than a number of doctors prescribed. Generally, I think too many doctors quickly jump to a standard, acceptable treatment.

However, that doesn't have anything to do with health insurance. I haven't encountered the inefficient privately run bureaucracy. I had surgery on my leg earlier this year and a cardiac catheterization done last year. (My heart was fine.) No where did I have any problems or unnecessary delays.

I had a couple of delays with my leg surgery because the surgeon was called away for an emergency. I guess someone with a ruptured aneuryism took priority over treatment of a varicose vein. But, this had nothing to do with the insurance company either.

While going through admission at the hospital, they gathered my insurance information, etc and also stated they never refused treatment because someone couldn't pay. This was Good Samaritan in Cincinnati, a Catholic run hospital. More hospitals are Catholic run than any other in the U.S.

I've never seen a hospital or other business that was as inefficiently and/or ineffectively run as typical government agencies. When I worked for the TN Dept. of Corrections as a juvenile probation office, their only care was if you kept the records up to date and had one contact a month with each probationee. Effectiveness was no concern at all.

My wife worked for the TN Dept. of Human Services, who at that time administrated Medicaid. DHS was ever worse. On some occasions they forged the signatures of recipients because they were too lazy to drive out and visit the person. In at least one case, this lead to benefits being authorized for a dead person.

If you haven't read my little post about the post office and trying to get my mail held. Read it. UPS, FEDEX, DHL easily out perform in customer service. Last winter, my mail delivery person not shutting my mailbox fully which would allow my mailbox door to fall open. I was coming home to an open mailbox 2-3 times a week. People could have easily stole my mail and rain was falling on it.

I called that branch post office twice. No results. (Once I could hear the woman tell the delivery person directly.) I filled out the customer service form at 4 or more times. And, I wrote my congresswoman. Finally, I got some results. This is the kind of efficiency and effectiveness you can expect from government.

Government employees don't care because they're largely immune from customer complaints. Income for government agencies doesn't depend on customer satisfaction but on politicians that have agendas.

I can't imagine the government providing better service