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  •  Treat em and street em. (5+ / 0-)

    Actually, this is largely a direct result of the extent of the current laws on the minimum amount of care hospitals are required to give under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA).

    Most hospitals (not VA or Shriners or a few others) are required to provide emergency care only under the law, and once they've stabilized you, can essentially kick you to the curb, even if they know that with the little they've done, you might be likely to destabilize again almost immediately.  And because it's more work and less money for them to provide even that little amount of service, it's essentially incentivized to try and position indigents they've 'streeted' where they're more likely to end up 'SEP' - somebody else's problem.

    There really is a simple solution.  Universal single payer healthcare, including health treatments aimed towards improving chronic problems, not just emergency healthcare.

    •  Followup care is minimal. There are, here and (0+ / 0-)

      there, some institutions for that or provisions, far and few between.

    •  How we will ever as a society arrive at SPUHC (0+ / 0-)

      I have no idea.

      We did elect a man who gave us hope, and he had a mandate. But he quickly learned that the only way his bread will be buttered was if he teamed up with the likes of Rahm Emanuel. And that folks, was the end of "Health Care Reform."

      By the middle of August 2009, Rahm had Obama sputtering such nonsense as "The public option is only one tool in a whole tool box of options." And then Obama would go on to say that due to how "The United States has an uniquely American approach to health care, that involves including the insurance companies int eh equation," and Blah Blah Blah, so  we cannot actually eliminate the health care insurers from the equation because Blah Blah Blah.

      In other words, the element in our society that was the main obstacle to having decent health care, the Big Insurers, had to be included in the "reform."

      Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

      by Truedelphi on Fri May 10, 2013 at 05:24:49 PM PDT

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