Thoughts on the healthcare bill
Thoughts on Healthcare reform
I've been thinking about healthcare reform a lot lately; haven't we all? I see reform as too important to become a political football. At first, I saw the healthcare system from one side as a nurse; now I see it from another side as a patient/consumer so I've seen a lot.
I do think that we are in need of reform. Several years ago, I had a knee replacement and received an invoice from the hospital about what the doc billed. $87,000! And that didn't include my hospital stay, meds, nursing, operating room time; tons of other things. That was just what the orthopedic surgeon had to bill the insurance company in order to recoup what it really cost him.
Some years ago, I was hospitalized and my portion of the bill was $18,000. I had insurance, so my portion was my out of pocket maximum. What about the UNINSURED, non-working person who had the same bill? With less ability to pay, that person would have the FULL $18,000 to pay. Hardly equitable.
On the other hand, thinking of the congresswoman who was a victim in the Tuscon shootings. From the minute Congresswoman Giffords arrived at the hospital to the time she entered the operating room, ONLY 38 minutes had elapsed. THIRTY EIGHT MINUTES? And she'll be going to rehab in a few days @ 2 weeks after the shooting to her brain.
So, what am I saying? I think it's time to reform the insurance industry, to toss the things that don't work ike the ability of insurance companies to deny health insurance coverage for those with preexisting conditions and the ability of pharmaceutical companies to raise astronomically medication prices.
There are other things we should keep, though; the things that make our system great. Those 38 minutes. The care and innovation that gets Congresswoman Giffords to rehab so soon after a brain injury. I think we have to think twice before we scrap it all and 'throw the baby out with the bathwater.' I'd love to hear your thoughts.