This is a tragic story. But the results from the online poll aren’t encouraging either:
Of course, if you think National Health Care is a good idea, and you think legislating who medical professionals must treat are good ideas, you’ll think this is a wonderful idea.
But the truth is, the child did not die from a toothache – he died from an infection. No hospital can turn you away for serious medical conditions (not without losing their asses in a law suit anyway).
So what happened? I imagine the mother just waited too long to get him seen.
And guess what – if I am a parent with a sick child I will find someone to care for them. Insurance and Medicaid be damned.
I have no issues with the government assisting needy families – it’s the right thing to do. But nationalizing medicine means everyone gets “free” health care – so it ends up just like Social Security – where even the wealthiest of American’s “qualify” for benefits.
And who pays for that? Mostly you and me – the middle class. The one’s currently footing the bill for EVERY social program – yet the ones least likely to utilize those benefits.
Is there a better answer? Sure – pay medical providers back when they provide care to the needy. Pay them actual costs plus a fixed percentage. Minimize paperwork, pay providers quickly. Reward those that provide these services based on patient satisfaction. Create a bonus system for providers that treat the needy, and treat them well.
But I know what’s going to happen – we are going to have a Federalized Health Care System. The Government will pick our Doctors. The Government will control access to your care. The Government will decide when you are “sick enough” to be seen. The Government will decide what it wants to pay for, and what an acceptable amount of time is for you to wait for that required surgery or medication.
Corporations will love it.
But guess what? The Government can’t seem to keep the potholes fixed on my street, or the levies throughout this country is good repair, or find a simple freaking way to tax me (one that doesn’t need three accountants to figure out). Folks, the Government CANNOT be trusted with something as important as your healthcare, and giving them any decision making authority on healthcare scares the crap out of me.
WASHINGTON – Twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver died of a toothache Sunday.
A routine, $80 tooth extraction might have saved him.
If his mother had been insured.