The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act will ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and significantly reduce long-term health care costs. Small businesses will see a number of benefits as a result of this law, including cost controls, insurance exchanges where business can buy affordable coverage and tax credits.
US Healthcare – What’s wrong with it?By Phil Bate PhDWe spend 2-3 times as much on our healthcare as most of the countries that now have?? “socialized medicine”. ? Yet, every country with socialized medicine has much better overall health statistics. ? As a matter fact, we are hovering around 32nd in the world. ? Even some “third world” countries are ahead of us. How can this be?? The richest country in the world, spending more than any other country, yet the health is one of the worst!? What’s wrong?? How have we come to this state of affairs?There are a variety of reasons. ? Let’s look at some of these, and look at the alternate answer:??? 1. ? There’s a lot of talk about 40-50 million “uninsured” people in the US. ? “Uninsured” doesn’t mean that they aren’t taken care of. ? No Emergency Room can turn down anyone who comes for “treatment”. ? (Although many hospitals try to shift “poor” people to county or state facilities for profits sake. )? There’s also Medicaid for the very poor. ? But, that still leaves the great majority of “uninsured” swinging in the wind. ? They make just a little too much money to qualify for Medicaid, or the state they live in has run out of money and facilities. ? (Under the Bush Administration, the cuts in Medicaid have limited this coverage in virtually every state. )? A severe medical problem bankrupts many of these families every year. ? Who pays for Medicare and Emergency visits?? The usual – US taxpayers!? So, like it or not, we already have a “sort of” socialized medicine. ? By the way, when did the phrase “socialized medicine” become a bad phrase?? (Was it another “spin” fostered by “vested interests”?)?? How often have you heard “just ask a Canadian about their socialized medicine”??? Ask 100 persons from any country(s) that has socialized medicine two questions:? “How do you like it?” and “Would you like to get rid of it”. ? The answers to the first question are often a lot of individual complaining. ? Yet, the answer to the second question is an overwhelming “Never”. ?? Could this dichotomy be the reason that so many people in the US “think” that socialized medicine is bad – those “bitching” (and very human) answers. ? Most people ask only the first question, NOT the second. ? I’ve asked both, and have yet to find a Canadian or a Brit who answers “yes” to the second question, but many, or most, will find something to complain about. Isn’t it interesting that all the “civilized industrial nations” in Europe and elsewhere have some version of socialized medicine?? Even in almost bankrupt Russia and Georgia, healthcare is free to all. ? And, even their health statistics are better than ours. ?? (FYI, they also subsidize any “bright” student all the way to a “doctorate” if they are smart enough. ? College tuition in the US is prohibitively high for mid and low income families – are we wasting a major resource?? You bet!)??? 2. ?? Why is our health care costing so much?? Simple – the insurance companies are running it. ? They make huge profits for this “service”. ? Cut out the middleman – the insurance companies, and cut the costs by an impartial estimate between a third and a half!??? What other benefits would this have?? Doctors would have more time to talk to patients, and spend less time, and office staff filling out forms to get paid. ?? When was the last time your MD spent more than 2 minutes with you?Let’s not overlook the fact that prevention is always better than catastrophe!? All too often, when a poor person winds up in an Emergency Room, the cost of their problem is much more than it would be if that person had had insurance that allowed doctor visits to head off catastrophe with some prevention. ? This is a major factor favoring socialized medicine. There’s still another factor in this equation. ? Malpractice insurance (more profits to insurance companies)!? We do need to limit this. ? Some formulas have to be developed for how much any doctor can be sued for. ? And, medical boards need to oversee MD’s (and their mistakes) much closer. ? Doctors do make mistakes!? And, the injured have a right to be compensated for such!? What do the other countries do about this problem?? Has anyone made any study of this???? 3. ?? There is another often overlooked problem. ? We, as a nation, have a terrible diet!? We eat “fast foods” way too often. ? We eat too few “healthy foods”, and too many “high carbohydrate” foods. ? The statistics show clearly that a poor diet on the part of a mother results in a baby that is not nearly as healthy as it should be. Take a look at some “poor” natives of African countries in photographs. ? Look especially at the wide mouths full of very strong, very even, teeth. ? Compare this to the US “standard” of two very prominent front teeth, a high narrow arch to the roof of the mouth, and crowding of the rest of the teeth. ? Dr Von Hilsheimer of Maitland Florida wrote a book years ago detailing the various “abnormalities” and “anomalies” of children of poor diet mothers. ? There is a definite correlation between these children and increasing allergy and sensitivity in our children? Recently I read a very interesting article about a school that changed the diets of the attending students and by this simple change only, the entire attitude and moral outlook of the students was changed. ? It was very simple!? They took out all the soda machines, and replaced them with water fountains. ? They eliminated hamburgers and fries, and similar poor diet foods, and emphasized fruits and veggies. ? Lo, and behold, the school which had previously been shunned by teachers because of unruly students was completely changed!? Students were calm, quiet, and learned more and better than other schools in the area. ? Acts of violence or vandalism were eliminated. ? There are several other similar studies which school boards do not pay enough attention to. As a result of our overall “poor” diet, we, as a nation, get sick more often than other countries. ? This adds to the cost of healthcare tremendously in this country. ???? 4. ? The American Medical Assn, one of the strongest unions in the world, backed up by the huge drug industry (Big Pharma), and the insurance industry have the power and the money to “buy” enough politicians to prevent any “reasonable” health plan. ? Bill and Hilary Clinton found this out in his first year in office. ? There’s so much money involved, it may be impossible to even get anything done except a “Band-Aid” on the cancer. In Europe, many, if not most, MD’s practice homeopathy and alternate medicine, which is much cheaper and much less dangerous than the drugs that US MD’s are “brainwashed” into using. ? In Germany alone, well over half of all MD’s are also Homeopaths. ?? In China, doctors are paid if their patients stay well. ? Does this give a “vested interest” in keeping them healthy?? You bet!? In the US, the “hidden vested interest” is to keep the patients sick!? That increases the income of the doctor. ? With socialized medicine, the doctor’s primary interest is to “get rid of their patients by getting them healthy”. ? Another potent plus for socialized medicine. ? (Unlike most psychologists trained to keep their patients coming back, week after week, I always believed that my job was to find their real problem, and to get rid of them as quickly as possible. ? That’s why I switched from “Behavior Therapy” to “Orthomolecular Therapy”. ? It works, quickly and inexpensively, and actually solves mental problems. )What can we, as individuals, do?? Start asking the politicians we elect what their previous votes have been, and what their future votes will be on these questions. ? Vote for those who will vote for at least a form of socialized medicine. And throw out the other rascals. ? Our votes are powerful, and we need to use them wisely.
With the debate over health care reform becoming increasingly heated, Martha Teichner examines what those reforms are and the hot button issues taking center stage.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and significantly reduce long-term health care costs. Seniors, in particular, will see several significant improvements to our health care system. This legislation provides a $250 rebate for all Medicare Part D enrollees who enter the donut hole in 2010. In addition, this bill builds on pharmaceutical manufacturers’ 50% discount on brand-name drugs beginning in 2011 to provide 75% coverage for brand-name and generic drugs by 2020 to fill the donut hole.
There are nowhere near as many veteran’s hospitals in the United States as there are regular hospitals: only about 1,400 in America. However, it is still a good idea to search one out if the individual is eligible. One should research many things about a veteran’s hospital before they decide to go to one. Above all, a person must find out if they are eligible to be admitted to a veteran’s hospital. A veteran’s hospital is one that gives medical care to certain veterans. Veteran’s hospitals offer many of the same things as other hospitals do. However, only veterans are allowed to go. While veteran hospitals offer almost all the things offered by regular hospitals, the difference lies in the clientele where only veterans are allowed. All the services such as emergency medical care, substance abuse treatment, surgical care and mental health issues are addressed by the veteran hospitals. Since veteran hospitals are not widely spread, the decision to go to a particular veteran hospital should be carefully taken. While you may find a veteran hospital in big cities, it might be miles before you find a veteran hospital within the interiors or small towns. Hence, the location of the veteran hospital should be made as one of the foremost pointers to be considered. If you are willing to travel long distances to be treated by a veteran hospital, then you will more than likely find a spare bed for yourself. However, if you are willing to stay closer home, chances of finding a bed with the hospital might become tough. Now, if you’re going to bear a surgery or a vital process, it is really important that you research the hospital well. Request advice from previous patients regarding the sort of treatment offered by the precise vet hospital. It is likely to take all of the cares because you don’t wish to have a sad experience at the hospital re services, treatment or any other such issue. Ask your buddies and neighbours about a vet hospital and their remarks and reviews regarding same. In the end, it is the veteran hospital that ultimately takes a call if you are eligible for being admitted or not. Every veteran hospital has a different procedure of ensuring that only veterans enter the hospital. While one hospital might consider only those veterans with flawless background or an honorable discharge, others might consider taking in even those veterans with a dishonorable discharge or dark background. Then again, the time period of your serving a particular profession also might make the basis of being selected in the hospital. Veteran hospital are an incentive to the personnel who worked in the United states Amred forces Therefore, in order to avoid harassment, it is best to contact the veteran hospital you are interested in advance and ask their requirements for being admitted. If you stand eligible on their standards, you can easily go and get your treatment done.