This is more an issue of practicality...As it stands now, many foreigners who spend a week in New York on business have to buy a temporary health insurance policy, because their own governments do not cover it. That's quite a big hassle just for a short business trip, and obviously that's a drag on our economy and our foreign trade. The EU countries basically stipulate that they'll cover the costs of treatment of any EU citizen who visits their country. If the United States were to implement universal health care for our own citizens and join some kind of similar pact with the other UHC nations, then we wouldn't have as much of a need for this provision.Originally Posted by talloulou
Not ANY foreigners. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible for the whole range of plans. Foreigners who are temporarily working, visiting, or studying in the United States would only be eligible for the lowest plan.Originally Posted by talloulou
The idea of the Green Plan is to cover catastrophic events only. I disagree that only poor people will use it, as the vouchers I'm suggesting would more than cover the cost of the Green Plan. Most poor people would probably be better off with the Blue Plan.Originally Posted by talloulou
The Green Plan is more geared toward people who just don't WANT much coverage, and are willing to take their chances for all but the most terrible problems. It might be ideal for healthy, single twenty-somethings who don't want to spend much on premiums they probably aren't going to use anyway, or it might be ideal for very wealthy people who are willing to self-insure for minor health problems. It would probably NOT be ideal for the average poor family with someone unemployed.
The privacy aspect of this is indeed a huge concern with this. However, I think there are some ways to limit it. Rather than just an open-source medical record that anyone with a medical license could see, the patient would need to sign privacy releases every time they transferred to a new doctor, in order for the information to be posted in the database.Originally Posted by talloulou
For example, when I visit my doctor, I could authorize him to add all of my medical files to the database. Then when I visit a new doctor and authorize him to do the same, I would also be authorizing him to access all of my OLD medical files. This would limit the access of doctors who have nothing to do with the patient at all, so that curious doctors don't start snooping around the files of famous people.
Obviously it isn't a foolproof system, but unfortunately I think that as technology progresses, privacy will become more and more difficult to maintain. We can implement some safeguards like these, to ensure that it's as secure as possible.
I completely agree.Originally Posted by talloulou