Quote from SandraCVRN
Good luck finding doctors when we have medicare for all. There is a serious decline in surgeons esp cardic surgeons. My docs tell me they are paid 80% less now (for medicaid pts)then 20 years ago, the anesthesiologists have told me the same thing.
Just months ago both these groups were touting the evils of the group...........
Now we are supposed to trust them both???????????????
So, what's wrong with organizing and demanding reinvestment in public health care, fair compensation for services, public accountability, and equitable access to care? What's wrong with replacing the bureaucratic mess of multiple greedy insurance payers' multiple rules, and multiple plans, with just one public payer? A publicly accountable payer, with one set of rules for coverage and reimbursement?
As Florence Nightingale said, "Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better." As a nurse, I'm sure fed up with a system that harms people and sacrifices them on the altar of greed. Ms Nightingale also said this, "I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results." I think Florence would be proud of the United American Nurses/National Nurses Organizing Committee
for taking action in support of expanding and improving Medicare for all.
Insurers deny payment for services, rescind coverage, exclude sick people from being able to buy affordable coverage, and restrict choice of providers/facilities, and make buckets full of profits for what? Why? Because they can. Because they buy off politicians with campaign contributions and those politicians push through laws that assure corporate profit, at the expense of the rest of us. What a ripoff. Socially and ethically.
The majority of people in this country are in support of a public plan and there are politicians, like Congressman Conyers and the co-sponsors of HR 676
who are working to pass this legislation.
Are the docs you're working with just content to whine about the problem? Don't they realize they're victims of a "learned powerlessness" behavioral conditioning scheme that perfectly suits the corporate agenda? Somehow they've come to believe that the current system is in their best interest. So, as more and more people lose jobs, and employers
divest themselves of health insurance benefits, more of their privately "insured" patients won't be able to come to them for care. The best way for them to assure that their patients and their incomes are protected is for them to fight for a a publicly accountable single payer national health plan. Why aren't they working to improve and expand Medicare instead of just complaining about it and turning their backs on patients in need?
I hope you will encourage them to join and help organize with the Physician's for a National Health Program
Currently, the U.S. health care system is outrageously expensive, yet inadequate. Despite spending more than twice as much as the rest of the industrialized nations ($7,129 per capita), the United States performs poorly in comparison on major health indicators such as life expectancy, infant mortality and immunization rates. Moreover, the other advanced nations provide comprehensive coverage to their entire populations, while the U.S. leaves 47 million completely uninsured and millions more inadequately covered.
Single-payer national health insurance is a system in which a single public or quasi-public agency organizes health financing, but delivery of care remains largely private. Under a single-payer system, all Americans would be covered for all medically necessary services, including: doctor, hospital, long-term care, mental health, dental, vision, prescription drug and medical supply costs. Patients would regain free choice of doctor and hospital, and doctors would regain autonomy over patient care.
Physicians would be paid fee-for-service according to a negotiated formulary or receive salary from a hospital or nonprofit HMO / group practice. Hospitals would receive a global budget for operating expenses. Health facilities and expensive equipment purchases would be managed by regional health planning boards.
A single-payer system would be financed by eliminating private insurers and recapturing their administrative waste.