American are unaware of the true cost of health care because nobody ever tells them, and they truly do not care.
I have been writing about my health problems for a couple of years. I feel like I am standing in the queue waiting for the Doctor to say,
"Andy, it is now time for your hip replacement."
"Ok, I am coming, but can you first tell me, how much does it cost?"
"Don't worry, it is not that much."
"HOW much, is NOT too much?"
Hip Replacement in next 10 Year
I feel there is a 70 percent chance I will get a hip replacement in the next 10 years. Therefore, because I do not have health insurance, and for sure I do not trust Obama when he says,
"Andy, you now have universal health insurance."
I think what he means is,
"Andy, I am going to use the force of the law, to make you buy Health Insurance."
Well, the bottom line is this, I need to know how much it cost to pay for a hip replacement. And, since this is on my mind for the last two years, I am continually asking people who have had one, how much does it cost. In the last two years, I have stumbled on about 10 people, and the answer is this,
"None of them know the cost of a hip replacement."
It is rather amazing to me, but it appears the American public is 95-99 percent unaware of the true cost of health care. Generally, all the people I have met never even asked how much it cost before the received the hip replacement. They just paid their co-pay and never even tried to learn, or maybe the information was too hidden in piles of Doctor noise.
The hip replacement Doctors must love the American patient...
charge them anything, they will pay, they just do not care..
There is a blindness in our people, and it is growing.
My List of Health Problems:
2. Broken femur in a motocycle accident 30 years ago, that resulted in one leg bing shorter and an imblance in body, with sacroiliac problems.
3. The joint in my left hip is loose, there is too much open area.
I am 95 percent sure it will cost me less to do this overseas than the people who are insured inside the USA.
Spoken in true Americana.
This appears to have developed into 2 arguments. I think there is no question that citizens of US are ignorant about the cost of health care. Most people think that the purpose of health insurance is to cover all of their health concerns. The purpose of insurance (of any type) is to prevent catastrophic financial loss. Just about any other type of insurance (home, auto) has a deductible. It's my observation that most people would rather have a new pair of tennis shoes or cell phone than set aside some money for health care - the deductible, or pay premiums. I believe in helping the helpless, but not the clueless.
People die from the complications of medical procedures everywhere. I've had emergency care in the "3rd world" on 2 occasions and have had restorative dental work done also. A lot of complications are a result patients failing to reveal their health history and the prescribed (and "unprescribed") drugs they take. An "informed" and "informative" patient can get good care overseas. And they can get crappy (and expensive)care at home. And a lot of people think they're entitled to "world class" care without paying for it (or part of it). And they don't care what it costs their neighbors (taxpayers). 70 of health problems are a result of lifestyle choices.
"I want to eat greasy food, smoke and drink a case (or two) of beer a week, and when I get sick, I want you to take care of me." Yeah, right.
Should be "70 of health problems".
Why can't I type "70 percent of health problems"??????
The reason I have problems is because of Doctor Hadawi in Bloomington Indiana who decided not to put plates on my broken femur and 30 years later I blame him for my Sciatia. Doctors are human, this was just stupid, but I was only 23 and even though I knew he was wrong when he said my leg was set perfect. I was just grateful to be alive after a severe fatty embolism.
I personally believe a savvy person can hire a good doctor in any country, it is the Docto and not the Hospital that is important.
What I don't understand is when I go to the dentist here in the USA it cost more to fill my cavities with resin than silver, but if I go to Mexico it costs more to get my cavities filled with silver than with resin. I prefer resin, so I usually end up going to Mexico for my dental work. What really cracks me up is regardless of which dentist I go all the supplies come from Wisconscin (there must be a really big factory there).
They don't call Social Security and Medicare "the third rail" for nothing. Politicians are not going to touch them, and vaporize their election chances by upsetting consistent voters--old folks. America has become a nation of "entitlements." People have no problems having other people paying for their programs, as long as they think they aren't paying for it in taxes. The bills must be paid, and so the money supply is expanded to pay for it without any productivity gains. The consequences are speeding inflation, especially damaging when wages are falling in most American sectors. Health care has grown from 6 percent to about 18 percent of the economy since I can remember. If healthcare was equated to outlays, we'd be at the top of longevity calculations in the developed world. We are not. Invest in healthcare stocks, even though it is mostly fluff, not efficacious--because most people demand it, and perceive a need for it. Don't stop believin'