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State of US healthcare - what we can do to not go bankrupt when we're sick

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DarinK:
A system that could be acceptable to American may be something like the system in Switzerland, where private insurance companies handle everything, with some government requirements.  Everyone must purchase insurance, the companies must offer a basic plan with certain guarantees, that basic plan must be non-profit (profit is made on additional plans/services), the basic plan must charge the same for anyone, regardless of age/health, etc.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Healthcare_in_Switzerland

It sounds like a good version of Obama's bad plan (which I think is a terrible giveaway to the insurance companies).

jimlongo:
Regarding nationally run programs and state's rights, etc.,

Canada is also a federation of provinces.  Each province runs HealthCare in their own way.  The main federal points of insistence are transportability, coverage in other provinces while travelling, and minimum standard provisions.

However, the federal government is involved in financing the whole system through a system of transfer payments, much like MLB, the NFL and NBA, which I guess could all be considered forms of communism.

Samc:
I lived in the US for most of my life and have lived in France for the last 10 years.  I have had the unfortunate experience of needing medical treatment of various levels of seriousness, from basic checkup to spinal surgery.  I always had medical insurance when I lived in the States (paid through the nose for it), but  after experiencing the medical system here I do not ever want to go back to the previous system...ever.

I have the freedom to see any doctor or go to any medical facility in the country whenever I want to, and I can fill my prescription at any pharmacy in the country.  Medical procedures do not require the approval of a third party and I have never been put on a waiting list for any procedure.

This type of medical care is neither special or exclusive, it is available to every resident in the country.  I don't really care if the laws that allow this type of care is regional or national, what matters to me is that I (and everyone else here) are are guaranteed first class medical care when we need it.  I don't want to worry about bankrupting my family if I get sick.

Oh yeah, kids here have the right to learn one or more foreign languages if they want to, in fact, quiet a few of them are fluent in several languages...  

ScotcH:
Samc wrote on Mon, 07 February 2011 20:12
I lived in the US for most of my life and have lived in France for the last 10 years.  I have had the unfortunate experience of needing medical treatment of various levels of seriousness, from basic checkup to spinal surgery.  I always had medical insurance when I lived in the States (paid through the nose for it), but  after experiencing the medical system here I do not ever want to go back to the previous system...ever.

I have the freedom to see any doctor or go to any medical facility in the country whenever I want to, and I can fill my prescription at any pharmacy in the country.  Medical procedures do not require the approval of a third party and I have never been put on a waiting list for any procedure.

This type of medical care is neither special or exclusive, it is available to every resident in the country.  I don't really care if the laws that allow this type of care is regional or national, what matters to me is that I (and everyone else here) are are guaranteed first class medical care when we need it.  I don't want to worry about bankrupting my family if I get sick.

Oh yeah, kids here have the right to learn one or more foreign languages if they want to, in fact, quiet a few of them are fluent in several languages...  


Ha!  Enjoy your socialist lifestyle, you commie!


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