Health Care for All, Just a (Big) Step Away - page 4

YOU may find it shameful that some 45 million Americans lack health insurance. Well, by reallocating money already devoted to health insurance, the government could go along way toward solving the... Read More

  1. by   Floridanurse
    Okay. Am I the only one who does not understand how those who make less than we do as nurses survive? I became a nurse straight out of school. No I am not from a rich family, raised by single mom with help of her family. I just don't understand how someone who makes $800 a month survives today.
  2. by   pickledpepperRN
    I know a retired hospital worker whose only income is a social security check of about $800.00 a month.
    She lives on her van parked in her sons driveway.
    I think Medicare is her only insurance.
  3. by   SFCardiacRN
    Social security and Medicare were designed for people that for what ever reason did not save for retirement. You young nurses should remember to set aside for old age. IRA's and 401k's will help alot. Saving even a little every payday will add up over the years.
  4. by   soliant12
    Quote from Floridanurse
    Okay. Am I the only one who does not understand how those who make less than we do as nurses survive? I became a nurse straight out of school. No I am not from a rich family, raised by single mom with help of her family. I just don't understand how someone who makes $800 a month survives today.

    Government programs that subsidize their income by providing every other need in their life. Rent Assistance, Child Care Assistance, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Dental Coverage Etc...
  5. by   bluesky
    Quote from SFCardiacRN
    That's why the world rich class come to the US for health care. Unfortunately, the rights we have include the right to be poor.
    But the whole point is, is the healthcare here actually that great for the uninsured? If not, if all the high tech perks are reserved for the rich, then what exactly do we stand for?
  6. by   willtm
    Quote from bluesky
    But the whole point is, is the healthcare here actually that great for the uninsured? If not, if all the high tech perks are reserved for the rich, then what exactly do we stand for?


    The poor and uninsured get the same or better health care then I do with insurance. If we did not have insurance immunzations for our kids would be $10 instead of $200 per injection because we have insurance.

    I saw a show a couple of years ago about a ferry boat accident that occured in NY. The show centered on the health care issues. They followed 4 people who were injured. One was on medicare, one had insurance through their employer, one had private insurance (slef employed) and the other had no insurance. The one with no insurance had a much easier time getting the treatments and equipment he needed for home care then any of the others. The two with insurance were raked over the coals--provide proof that they REALLY need that walker. They also got bills that they had to argue with the insurance company over, things that should have been covered that the insurance didn't want to pay for.

    The poor will not get a whole body scan unless it is medically need, but they get the healthcare that they need. The rich get the whole body scan and pay out of pocket because they can. Those of us inbetween are in trouble

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