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An Aussie Perspective on Health Care

Amid the continued politicking on health care and new reports of Tea Party thuggery, comes this from a friend of mine who lives in Australia.  One of the oft-repeated lies in the health care debate is that sure-fire applause line:  "The United States has the finest health care system in the world."  The only problem is, we don't.  Read this.

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kmarkhoover
Mar. 25th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you for that link. I found it fascinating.
davidbcoe
Mar. 26th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
Sure thing, Mark.
hedwig_snowy
Mar. 26th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
Interesting look at the two systems.

Now, if you have a good job...and haven't been fired and don't have a pre-existing condition and...then the American health care system probably works for you. Sure, the paper pushers still screw up and there are moments you might think you'll have to sell you house to pay their bill until they straighten it out, but...

There still are plenty of problems that HCR doesn't address. And really, I think it's misnamed as it's more about Health Insurance Reform and, at least on the money side, they didn't go nearly far enough there.

They still haven't done much about the quality of care nor about shortages of doctors and nurses, etc...

I wonder if there's a poll out there JUST with people who have had to deal with a serious illness/injury and how they view their health care insurance company? Easy to like it if you're 25 and haven't ever had to deal with them and your work kicks in for some (or all) of the premium costs. And even that age group supports HCR strongly. Go kids! It's the seniors who have been frightened into believing that the Govt is going to take over their health insurance. Good thing they have Medicare...

davidbcoe
Mar. 26th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
>>Interesting look at the two systems.<<

I thought so, too. Yes, for those of us fortunate enough to have good insurance and the means to pay for care, the system here works pretty well. As long as we stay relatively healthy. But there are too many caveats. We shouldn't have to be healthy and well off in order to benefit from the health care system. I know you agree. I'm just sayin'....
hedwig_snowy
Mar. 26th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
The hypocrisy is thick with them.... From the guy who has been spouting hate speech about the evils of Govt and has been calling on people to smash windows...he's on Govt disability...

http://www.alan.com/2010/03/26/%E2%80%9Csmash-windows%E2%80%9D-tea-party-leader-is-on-government-disability/
davidbcoe
Mar. 26th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
I don't whether to laugh or scream. Unbelievable.
crazywritergirl
Mar. 27th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
In 1984 (ironic it was that year) I bailed out of nursing. Part of it was burnout and the other part was the increasing oversight of the insurance companies. Our hospital wanted to change to "flow charts" which allowed the nurse to chart the basics (vitals and such) and then any important changes rather than pages and pages of b.s. (patient walked to the door and back, etc.) Unless this represented a change in the patient's behavior or illness, it wouldn't be charted. In that way a doctor could easily see the important stuff rather than "Sat in chair watching TV." And it would free up nursing staff to do what they were supposed to be doing -- taking care of the patients. The insurance companies wouldn't go for it. Too worried about liability. I realized that once you allowed them that kind of input (interjecting themselves between the medical staff and the patient) we were screwed. I went to work at a radio station and have never returned to the profession. For once in my life, I wish I'd be totally wrong.
davidbcoe
Mar. 27th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
Right, Jana. Every time I heard someone talk about how "the Democrats want to put the Government between you and your doctor" I wanted to scream. First of all, it wasn't true, but second of all, even if it was, how much worse could that be than having an insurance company between you and your doctor?!
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