Remarks on Health Care
Regarding my thoughts on health care, I can remember when the interaction was a simple exchange between patient and doctor. Somewhere along the line, the insurance companies altered the relationship drastically by arbiting both what care a patient might get and what compensation a health care professional might receive.
That is the crux of my opposition to the current set-up. Now the key person is not the doctor or patient, but the investor in insurance companies, who expects a good return.
Out of this altered relationship grew the dependence of employees on health care plans and the fear of changing jobs lest benefits be lost. Employees also became aware of the hazard of so-called "pre-existing conditions" as defined by the insurer and other ploys designed to slight the policy holder and enrich the insurance provider.
The nation became so obsessed with health care plans after a while that nobody registered the extreme disconnect between the promise and the delivery of treatment.
Our new President Barack Obama seems to be willing to sort out the options and to include real people in deciding the future direction of health care policy. Click here to see his concerns.
Although a commenter called my views "socialist," I am only looking for equity for both patients and practitioners and for fewer layers of bureaucracy and added charges from insurance companies. Feel free to comment again, now that I have clarified my viewpoint.