Friday, August 04, 2006


This is for those who dream of socialized medicine where all people have access to medical care. Wake up! It already exists in the U.S. Any poor, homeless, or uninsured person is able to walk into any university or teaching hospital and receive FREE care. They can't be turned away, it's the law. They will walk though those big expensive doors of a state-of-the-art facility, see world-class physicians, receive the same top-quality meds that any CEO would get, and are placed into hospitals where the most cutting-edge research is taking place. When these patients leave the hospital, they still have no money, and they will never pay their bill. So, what happens. The hospital and I eat the costs.

Now, if you are complaining about the system, you are probably a well-educated and working individual with enough income that you actually do pay your medical bills. Unfortunately, the real people being screwed in this whole ordeal are the working middle-class. American medical care is expensive (due to litigation, the price of malpractice insurance, expensive medications, research, etc.), and those working enough to pay their bills bear the brunt of the problem; however, you are still terribly naive to think socialized medicine is the answer. Before you cry any longer about the system do this. Travel down to Latin America or another country with socialized medicine and try it out. Acquiring health care and treatment is quite different with such a system. You may soon change you mind and come to appreciate what you already have a bit more. Stop thinking you're politically informed and start thinking more realistic.

If you really want to make a change in the system, here is my advice. Advocate for caps on malpractice claims and consequences for inappropriate lawsuits. The price of physicians' malpractice insurance will decrease, the price of physician costs will decrease, and hospitals and doctors wouldn't have to charge so much for care. As for the extremely high cost for medications, we're all screwed.

Lastly, if you still want socialized health care that bad, leave.


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