Take a look at Dallas Morning News' columnist Steve Blow's article that appeared in Sunday's paper (10/9/05). You can access it at:
The title gets you to the main point: "Doctor prescribing national health plan."
We are way past due for a just, common sense response to what is becoming a national health crisis. What we need is a comprehensive, national health care program.
Recently, someone posted to this blog the retort that everyone can find health care in the United States, what with all of the free/charity clinics and the emergency rooms of hospitals.
What was not mentioned was the quality of care, the cost of care under our current system and the almost complete lack of attention to preventive medicine among the poor.
Blow's article nails the issue by drawing an experienced healthcare provider to the debate.
Read the article.
Not only is our current system unfair, it is not smart.
Consider a fact and a myth.
First the myth.
Lots of people contend that the government cannot efficiently administer anything.
Simply not true.
Currently, the U. S. government administers Medicaid, Medicare and Veterans Administation health care products, and it does so very efficiently.
Now the fact.
Administrative costs for Medicare, the national health plan for senior citizens, amounts to 3 cents of every dollar spent.
Care to venture a guess as to the administrative costs associated with private insurance?
Twenty-five cents of every dollar paid in private insurance premiums goes to administrative expenses.
Let's be honest.
What we have in this country is health care viewed as a consumable, a market commodity. Not only is our approach not cost effective, it is not right.
Our results in terms of overall national health and wellness measures, as compared to the rest of the world, are pathetic.
We need a comprehensive national plan for everyone. I can see the need daily in the heart of the city.
Once that plan is in place, if the ultra-wealthy want to buy more, let them.
But for now, let's step up and do the moral thing.
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