AntV Threads: 1
Joined: Feb 25, 2011
Jan 6, 2012, 09:53pm #2,641
Private care is all for money and no patient care and everything is hugely inflated because insurance companies typically pay for it.
My mother-in-law (a private care physician in the Poznan-area who worked under the NFZ for decades) would take you to task on that, pip.
gov't involvement does not mean the quality of care changes- and there is no nasty bill waiting for you when you check out.
As the article I posted shows, the quality of care does suffer. And, to go back to my mother-in-law (who truly cares about the people she cares to a fault), when she was under the NFZ she saw about 50 patients on average a day--most had insignificant issues, i.e. a little throat irritation, a dry cough, a daughter-in-law who got on patient's nerves. Granted, this is anecdotal, but from my understanding this is common place, and it drains resources. So, care does suffer.
As far as no nasty bill is concerned under a government-managed system, the bill is paid everytime you earn money in the form of withholdings. In your home country of Canada nearly $6,000.00/yr per capita is spent on healthcare. Someone is paying for that--Canadians. In America, about $8,000.00/yr per capita is spent on healthcare. Around 40% of that comes from Medicare (the government managed health insurance). Every paycheck about 1.5% of American wage earners have that deducted from their earnings. It's not free. Not only is it free, but I believe there is significant proof that medicare is a major contributor to increased health care costs. One, it spends more money per person on administrative costs. Two, it spends overall about $20 billion less than private insurers, but for 5 times less people.
the u.s. system is a mess- it needs overhaul- but how it should be done is anybody's guess.
It does have serious problems, but it's not a total mess. It doesn't need overhaul, but it needs some serious fixing. Government won't fix it. It'll break it.