The Problem with Universal Access to
Care – Access to What?
The international drive to provide
healthcare for all is leaving America behind.
Noam N. Levey, “Global Push to Guarantee Health Coverage is
Leaving U.S, Behind?” LA Times, May
May 14, 2012 – There is absolutely no doubt about
it. Universal coverage guaranteed by
government is an extremely seductive dream and a powerful political draw.
no problem. The government will take
care of you. Need a doctor, no problem. Government will provide one. Need a life staving procedure, no problem. Fear going bankrupt from paying a doctor or
hospital? Again, no problem, Government will protect you under any and all
those other advanced Western economies – Europe, Canada, Brazil, Austrialia, New Zealand , Chile, and others offer
universal coverage at half our
costs? And aren’t even those
economies afflicted with poverty –
Canada, Mexico, Thailand among others – pushing
for universal coverage?
You bet they
are. Universal coverage and access has a
political appeal few national leaders can resist.
But what are the unintended consequences beyond
the good intentions?
· Access to what?
· At what human costs and inconvenieces?
· Long waiting lines?
· Denial of coverage to expensive drugs and treatments?
· Mind-boggling bureaucracies?
· Government experts making clinical
· Lack of access to CTs scan, MRI imaging, life saving cancer drugs, hip
and knee replacments?
· Clinical decision making by experts
in Washington rather than your own doctor?
· Limited and narrowing choices of health plans
· Economic stagnation and high unemployment like that now
being experienced in Europe due to the overwhelming dead economic weight of social welfare
programs that have overpromised and under delivered because of lack of funds?
· Unexpected consequences of over-centralized federal control – rampant fraud
and abuse, denial of high tech care, employers
saying they can’t afford to place
employers in comprehensive expensive government program.
· States complaining they can’t afford million s more Medicare
· Diminished choice of health plans and
· Physician shortages coupled with
doctors not accepting Medicare and Medicaid patients because they can’t afford to care for these patients?
citizen to do? What’s a politician to
do? Who can your trust?
answer? Let the people decide. That’s what elections are for. Then let's on with what they - the people - decide.
While you're waiting for election results or contemplating how to vote, you might want to read The Truth About Obamacare, Canadian expatriate, Sally Pipe's, harrowing downside tale of Canada's health system and why prominent Canadian politicians have fled South for life-saving care.
The U.S, and most other countries offer different levels of access to different products. The U.S. offers immediate access to high tech specialized care for 85% of its citizens and universal ER care. Most other countries offer delayed sometime rationed access to mostly primary but less specialized care to all of its citizens.
nations with universal access can’t pay for their programs, Poor nations are pushing universal access. Question is: Access
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