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May 25th, 2004
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The health care crisis hits home

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From:bammba_m
Date:May 26th, 2004 12:00 am (UTC)
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Yeah, those times that i've gotten sick enough to actually go to a doctor, i almost always get that, "why don't you come in for regular check ups?" to which i respond, "i have no health insurance. are you aware of how much you charge someone like me for just a regular checkup??" That usually quiets them down.
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From:tigertoy
Date:May 26th, 2004 10:07 am (UTC)
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And of course what they charge you for a regular checkup is much more than what they charge a health plan for the same checkup. You can't get preventative care, but if you get sick, we have laws that say they have to help you. And if you can't pay for it, they raise the price of everything to cover the cost (and protect the huge salaries of administrators and doctors, and the huge profits of the corporations), which means it's even less likely you'll be able to pay for your own care, and also cranks up the price of insurance so more people end up not having it.

Our medical science is amazing, and many individual health care professionals are hard working, caring, and good at what they do, but I'd have to think for a long time to think of anything else good to say about our system. It usually doesn't affect me personally, because I'm lucky enough to have what is considered a top-notch health plan with my job, which was kind of the point of the title of my original post.

I'll stop rambling-ranting now.
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