Let's talk healthcare! PPO this and HMO that. Hey I worked at an insurance company before becoming an English robot here in Korea. It's a mess folks and the way it is set up now doesn't help EVERYBODY.
Roboseyo has made a post on his blog. But I have to say if you are American than this subject has to ring inside your head. If you are in America right now it is all over the news. If not it must be on your loved ones' lips when you talk to them over the phone or skype. Even if you aren't American I am sure this is of some interest to you, especially if the country you are from has it's health coverage figured out.
I have my own personal take on this based upon the fact that I have endured what a poor person goes through when they are very ill. Let me just say it's awful. In October of 2006 I became severely ill with intestinal problems. Let's just say it was like the stomach flu but 10x worse. I couldn't eat or drink without feeling pain down there. I became dehydrated because it was too painful for me to get up and get a glass of water. So I was rushed to the ER. After 12 hours in there I was diagnosed with depression, despite the fact that (WARNING: DISGUSTING) I had blood coming out of my a**. It even stained their beautiful bleach white hospital sheets. But was I rushed to the GI part of the hospital? No. I was sent home with a huge ass bill, because I had no insurance. Let me tell you folks you too would be depressed if your life was slowly and painfully dwindling away from you for unexplainable reasons. (I am still paying off this hospital.)
It wasn't till 4.5 months later that I was properly diagnosed. And this was because my primary doctor at the San Francisco General Hospital realized that I was in need of urgent care and pleaded with the GI doctors at the hospital to move me up to the top of the list. Since I wasn't a senior I was put at the bottom.
They diagnosed me with Ulcerative Colitis borderline Crohn's disease. I was given a fist full of drugs to take everyday and I recovered while at the same time managed to graduate college in the spring of 2007. So it is that I know what it is like to be poor, uninsured and processed like cattle at a hospital.
But, I bet my last penny or Won that there are other worse case scenarios out there and that hospitals in many parts of the world lack the basic necessities needed to just check someones temperature.
Therefore I am all for Reform and to get it done quickly.
Here is what I wrote in response to Rob's post, in case you don't understand my little tirade here anyways.
I think this reflects a frame of mind regarding health care amongst Americans. (which I am one...as you know Rob...just letting others know.)DEEP Breath........ a fun liberal type cartoon to get your blood boiling...
It is sad to admit but I think for most in America they view health care and coverage as a privilege. I am sure for some of these folks who don't want reform they are thinking of why should they pay for other peoples expenses when those people can't survive the "proper" way in society to begin with.
When I was deathly ill I was finally taken care of at a General Hospital in San Francisco. This was no HMO PPO place. It was for the poor, criminals and uninsured.
I would be waiting in line to get my blood drawn while a felons were brought in wearing orange jump suits and handcuffs. They got to go first.
The waiting area was shared with homeless crack addicts who were jerking and yelling as they waited for their refill of methadone..or whatever it is.
I have lived through poor healthcare and healthcare that is for the poor. My health insurance at that hospital ended up being the poor peoples insurance provided by the city.
So I have to say that America needs to solve this healthcare problem by not just making it socialized but making sure that equality is present inside the hospitals.
Because I know how slow and stubborn hospitals and nurses can be I can only imagine that when these changes take present the transition period will be a nightmare for Doctors and patients alike.
All in all, it is this frame of mind that the privileged deserve health care and the poor deserve to wait in long lines at dirty hospitals where no one gives a crap about you, needs to go away too.
In the meantime people are dieing and unable to pay for their pills because some idiots want to yell at other idiots in Town Hall meetings.
But I have to say I do feel hopeful with Obama in the seat. I just wish he would put his foot down and get this over with.
.....if your still with me... I posted a more light hearted fun post below this one...