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  •  Is healthcare different than plumbing? (4+ / 0-)

    Are your  internal 'pipes' different from your home's pipes?

    You call a plumber, he does stuff, then charges you.

    You see the doctor, he does stuff, then charges you.

    If you can't afford to pay the plumber, your pipes don't get fixed.

    I'm not sure - in our current health-care system - how a doctor or hospital is required to behave differently.

    Having said that, I am NOT at all supportive of our current health-care system. It is broken in many ways.

    Medicare for all is the only rational solution.


    Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

    by databob on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 09:10:51 AM PST

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    •  Emergency stabilizing treatment is an obligation (7+ / 0-)

      The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) is a U.S. Act of Congress passed in 1986 as part of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). It requires hospitals to provide care to anyone needing emergency healthcare treatment regardless of citizenship, legal status or ability to pay. There are no reimbursement provisions. Participating hospitals may only transfer or discharge patients needing emergency treatment under their own informed consent, after stabilization, or when their condition requires transfer to a hospital better equipped to administer the treatment.

      "Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class." - Violet Crawley

      by nightsweat on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 10:18:35 AM PST

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    •  The plumber doesn't get millions in federal $$$ (12+ / 0-)

      He doesn't collect millions from the taxes you pay for grants, parking lots (yes, our local mega hosptial got $7 million of your tax dollars to build a deluxe parking garage), research institutions, researcher, nurse and physician's salaries, funds for uncompensated care, etc. etc. etc.

      The amount of money (unrelated to Medicare & Medicaid) that health care providers receive from the federal, state and local governments is staggering.  

      Those billions in tax dollars the docs and hospitals receive are given with the stipulation that they provide some level of charity care for the uninsured.

      So, fine, if they want to gouge the uninsured, they can give up their government funding.

      Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

      by Betty Pinson on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 10:28:42 AM PST

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      •  Ironically... (0+ / 0-)

        Many plumbers actually end up financially better off than doctors.  They don't have the upfront costs of going to medical school.  Nor do they have the pressure on them to "look the part" and buy expensive houses, cars, etc.  

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