Health Care and the Cost  

Lipator 57M
54 posts
4/7/2006 12:59 pm

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Health Care and the Cost

I work in the health care field so I know a little about this subject. I always tell my friends that I work in a growth industry. The last 2 years of persons life is generally spent in and out of hospital. Health is really expensive. Good health is priceless.

It was interesting to hear that the massachuset legisltature passed a bill making healthcare universal in that state. I applaude the motive. I think there is nothing more admirable than providing health care for all. There is nothing more anxiety provoking as you approach retirement years to realize that as you quit your job, your health care, in large part is quit as well. This at a time when you most need it. Healthcare costs the US 15% of its GDP. That compare to the UK is around 11%. It is cheaper in the UK as they have longer waiting times.

It really makes you want to value your health while you have it.

49AK 56M
1823 posts
4/7/2006 1:30 pm

When you hear about people that don't have health insurance, think of me. I am mostly in good health, but I can't afford to go to the doctor for anything routine, because just to walk in the door costs hundreds of dollars. Heaven forbid they find something seriously wrong with you at that point (while uninsured), because you'll never have it covered, and you'll never get insurance.

Strangely, the only place I am safe is in my car, since if I am injured there, either their insurance or my uninsured motorist coverage will cover my bills.

Here's rooting for a car wreck...

Lipator replies on 4/8/2006 12:38 pm:
Certainly there should be some way to make health care more affordable. Especially for people in your condition. I did look at the prospect of going outside my employer for health care because of a misunderstanding, and it was crazy. Hope something turns up for you

sexymamma662003 32F

4/7/2006 1:57 pm

i do believe that everyone has the right so health care excpecially childeren. like my sister in law is due with her 3rd child in just a few weeks and has had zero health care. becouse she can not afford it. but she needs to think what is more important her or her child but what really pisses me off is that some people can afford it but they go on medicare or medicare and use the hard working tax payers dollars and that just isnt right.


Lipator replies on 4/8/2006 12:41 pm:
You know I was talking to one of my colleagues newly arrived in the country and she has just found out she is having a baby. She has health insurance, but they will not cover her for her babies birth as she has to covered for 12 months. She was a bit upset about the whole thing. Despite a little reassurance, there is not a lot you can do in that situation.

rm_rsp54 59F
531 posts
4/7/2006 2:54 pm

I have worked in healthcare for over 20 years. I can no longer do it. The system we have in the us is becomming increasingly fucked up. We are not poor by any means, but because my husband is self employed and therefore not a member of a group, we get shitty health insurance for twice what a group member pays. My college student children are not covered and it costs even more for them. I could go on forever about this subject, but I'll bore you no more

Lipator replies on 4/8/2006 12:45 pm:
I know that when your self-employed, you are way more dependent on your health. It is a most frustrating thing. I have colleagues that are fortunate to choose between the insurance of their spouse and themselves. Having the choose is of great benefit to them.

Lipator 57M
71 posts
4/8/2006 12:48 pm

Thanks everybody for participating in this discussion. I know it is an emotive issue and I can't understand why it is left in limbo like this. This situation has been going on for so long now. You really think the politicians would be dealing with one of the hard issues rather than just warming those seats on capital hill.

rm_txrose4uNTX 58F
3289 posts
8/31/2006 12:14 am

Yep, it is a heated issue, Lipator. BTW, I met a gal who moved down here from Canada. It is amazing the differences of the health system just over our northern border!!

BTW, love the new (to me) picture of you. You certainly look like you are feeling very healthy, wealthy, and wise!!

Keep enjoying life as best as you can!! Cheers!!


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