Thursday, August 09, 2007

Clarification

My previous rant was not at all about the dental insurance company. Our dental insurance while not stellar, as far as coverage goes, they still have been very prompt with approvals and taking care of bills. I heart our health insurance in a big way. Sometimes it is a bit slow with things but they have an unparalleled coverage. We have not payed a penny out of pocket for any of Evan's medical care. There are co-pays for prescriptions but only if you use a civilian pharmacy.

We do need to figure out a better system for health care, but I am not really sure I trust our government to run the health care industry. There are waiting lists for care in places like Canada and England. People can die while waiting for diagnostic tests or surgeries. Patients are denied services because they have a slightly higher BMI than the rules say they may have to get treatment. I am also not certain that we would have the level of innovation that we enjoy in the US. There are so many non invasive treatments available for heart defects that are not available in other countries. I wish that there was a clear solution to the health care crisis.

3 comments:

farmwifetwo said...

It's rare for someone to die here. That's one of those things that is spread in the States. You are automatically bumped to the top of the list if you are high risk.

I wouldn't trade our health care system for anything. Especially knowing that all I have to do is show up at the hospital, hand over my or my children's health cards... and no matter what the ailment... We are looked after right away and I walk out... no bills.

You should watch the film SICKO. I haven't seen it but it was filmed locally here where my dh had surgery at the hand and foot clinic. He was treated ASAP. My Mom's breast cancer last year.. treated ASAP.

Hot topic.. I detest rumours.

S.

Midlife Midwife said...

I wish there was an easy answer to our problem too. We will just keep trying.

Anne/kq said...

Yeah, people dying waiting for care is rarer in Canada than it is here. Much rarer. England too.

And people losing their home, etc. because of medical debt would be unheard of-- which I think is a good thing.

I've been a proponent of socialized medicine since I was about 12 and able to look it up. When you do some research it's really quite shocking that we don't have SOME kind of universal health care.