Ok, you are catching me in a bad mood today! All of this healthcare reform talk has got my feathers puffed up like a crazy rooster about to attack (except for the fact that roosters are male and I’m not but, you get the point). All I keep hearing over and over is how nobody can afford insurance and how the government is going to cut costs out of Medicare and make healthcare affordable for all.
What I don’t get is why in the pre-natal Medicaid clinic in the hospital, at least 60% or more of the patients I see have their nails done, pedicures and carry Iphones or Blackberrys. What happened to the good ol’ pay as you go phone, they don’t require you to carry a media package that costs $115.00 a month. Let’s not forget the expensive purses and jewelry that is usually sported and the kids that are dressed like they stepped off the cover of a Dillards magazine.
What about the emergency room loaded with patients that have NO insurance yet, fit the same profile as far as accessories. They don’t want to pay $90 to see a Dr. for an ear infection that they have had over a week and decide it is an emergency, so they are seen, sent a bill for about $1,000.00 and never pay it. What about the patients that do have Medicaid yet come to the emergency room for every little cough, bump or scratch. Some prefer to ride the ambulance because they think it will get them seen faster for their sprained ankle. Good tax dollars at work there!
It infuriates me to no avail that my tax dollars are spent in this way! NO ONE in this country is denied medical treatment if they do not have insurance in an emergency room. If you have been in a car wreck and need surgery yet, you are uninsured; you are still given the same stat treatment. You get your surgery, you are still taken care of in the intensive care unit, given whatever medications, equipment and therapy you may need.
I fully admit there are those that truly need Medicaid; I have a family member that is one of them. It’s the abuse of the system that drives me insane. One day, just out of curiosity, I had a well dressed pt. come in with her medicaid card. I just happened to step out back as she was leaving…. in her brand new 7series BMW.
Why do people expect physicians to work for free? Do people not understand that they have to pay for their office, their nurses, their staff? What about the $350,000.00 loans they are trying to pay back from going to school an extra 12 years. We have the best physicians in the world in this country yet the government keeps cutting reimbursement.
If you owned a restaurant and the meal I (the government insured) ordered costs you 15 dollars to make but, the max I pay you is 12 dollars…uh I’m no mathematician but I think that would constitute a FAIL! So in effort to make up for the 3 dollar loss every time you fed a patient like me, you have to charge the (private insurance company) 22 dollars to make up the difference. So in effort to cover their overhead and rack up their profits they up the insured’s diners rates.
It’s all a mess, the fraud, the abuse, it’s sickening. The private industry is a wreck, they keep hiking rates because of this cycle. It’s crazy the profit they turn! It to makes me want to vomit. Bring in good ol capitalism, what this country was founded on! Let them truly compete against one another to bring down costs. Instead they have created monopolies that dictate what the physicians can do and how they can treat their patients because they literally own the states. Healthcare reform is a must but, socializing medicine will put us in the same boat as so many others. I heard a patient bitching the other day in the waiting room because they had to wait two hours to see the Dr. , I was thinking to myself, just wait to see if Obamacare passes, you will be waiting two and a half weeks.
I’m by no means a Harvard grad or carry a masters of any sort but, I do have common sense, a huge heart and love my country. If someone is hungry I will feed them, if someone is thirsty I will give them a drink. The American population as a whole is full of wonderful, charitable human beings. Look out how we donated to Haiti. I’m not talking about the government but, the personal donations of millions of caring, selfless, loving Americans.
I am going to stop this rant now because I could go on for HOURS! Just had to get that little bit off my chest, my feathers seem to have de-poofed a bit. Guess we will just have to see what happens.