Originally posted by reg06:
Is it right to have FOR PROFIT healthcare? More and more I am starting to really question our system in the U.S.
As a registered nurse, I am appalled to realize that around 47 million Americans have no healthcare coverage. Many of these people are women and children. US is the wealthiest country in the nation, but we can't even provide the most basic health care to many. CEO's in this system of ours are making huge wages, while more and more cuts are being made to the nursing staff and quality of care we give patients.
Is healthcare a basic human right? I have the opinion that it is.
I wonder about a Universal healthcare system, I know there are many difficulties and challenges within this system alsol. Yet I am amazed to hear Canada spends only 11 cents for every dollar on administrative costs, while the US wastes 24 cents to every dollar on administrative costs. This means more money pouring into the HMO's
I have heard many European countries have a wonderful Universal healthcare system that actually works.
Isn't it a weird concept that when you are ill, you are part of helping the hospital make money. It's like, a twisted concept.
Am I being too idealistic?
What happens when patients can't pay there hospital bills and have no insurance? Forgive my lack of knowledge in this area. I am never involved with the billing process and what happens after the patients go home.
Hi reg06. I don't have a thorough understanding of the health and medical care system either. But, I do know that the U.S. absorbs the lion's share of the world's resources (we only make up 2% of the world population from some expert accounts) and for some reason less than 50% of us are benefitting from this in any meaningful way. "Show me the money" as a popular movie was titled.
Life itself use to be priceless and precious. But now, unless you are deemed a producer, your life means absolutely nothing. Even for us producers, we're essentially akin to worker ants for a queen. We work and work and then die horribly and are casually replaced by a new generation of worker ants. However, I feel that the nursing shortage and the chaos in health/medical care may reveal that this mentality of profit by every means necessary will undermine this country's if not the world's ability to maintain stability. I do believe we will see worse then a recession in years to come.
As far as universal health care is concerned, I have heard pros and cons on it from those who live in the system from other countries. I think its success depends largely on what type of government a country has, its laws, and how unified the people of the nation are. We, in the U,S. have some form of universal health care in Medicaid and Medicare. Medicare, in particular, has worked well for millions of elderly and disabled. It has also served to help many hospitals, physicians, and vendors turn a large profit.