Medicare for all

Apr 04, 2019

Medicare for all

  You will love it about as much as U.S. Military Veterans love the care, they receive from the Veterans Administration.   If you like long waits and restricted access to specialty care; Medicare For All is for you.  The government will determine the level of your care and not the doctor and it won’t be your doctor. It will be the government’s doctor.   The gatekeepers to your access of care, the person who may determine if you live or die, will be a faceless; heartless clerk hidden deep in the bowels of a remote government  building.   It will be someone you will never see; who doesn’t know you nor really cares about you.      Your level of care might eventually be determined by your political affiliation.

The Medicare for All idea will crumble under its own weight.  It will either become too expensive or talented people will shun the medical profession.  Medicare pays doctors and hospitals about half of what your employer’s health insurance plan pays. Basically, your employer’s plan subsides Medicare and allows your doctor to make a decent living and recoup the cost of his training and education.  Think about this.  If Medicare for All pays medical providers at the same rate as you employer’s health insurance plan the cost will be double the government’s estimate.  If will break the bank!  If, on the other hand, Medicare for all pays the provider at their current payment level; eventually there will be an even greater shortage of talented doctors.  Access to care will be even more limited.  Why would anyone want to train for 10 or more years to become a doctor only to earn the same compensation as a postal worker?   I don’t believe the government can make someone become a doctor;; Yet!

“The big print giveth and the little print taketh away”.  Yes; on the surface Medicare appears very attractive until your doctors recommends the latest and greatest treatment for a condition and Medicare refuses to cover it. Surprise!!!  Instead Medical will only allow and pay for an older, less expensive procedure which inferior results!  Take cataract correction for example. Medicare will pay for the removal of a cataract, but this surgery must be redone about every 3 to 4 years and it doesn’t help improve eyesight.   Laser surgery costs a little more; does not have to be redone every 3 or 4 years and improves eye sight as well. In the long run the Medicare approved treatment is more expensive and less effective.    There are several other similar examples of this.  You can ask your doctor  now about this but ask before he becomes a government employee!  He won’t be able to say a word once he works for Uncle Sam.     

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