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Thread: New Health Care Plan

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    Re: New Health Care Plan

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    See, that's the common misconception about this. People think that all the doctors will magically change into someone less qualified. But, its likely that the govt run plan will force very many potential doctors to choose a different profession.
    And you don't see a problem with that?

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    Re: New Health Care Plan

    I can't decide between for and neutral. While I think even a bad government system would be better than the status quo, I do believe we have one of the least effective governments among industrialized nations, not limited to the Obama administration. Even if Obama got it right, special interests will mess it up later, as happened with Medicare to some extent. We don't just need to change the healthcare system, we need to change our whole system of government.

    Quote Originally Posted by gunner View Post
    Being totally ignorant of your system, for which i apologise, how does Health care work for the unemployed? and low income category?

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    In theory the unemployed and low-income persons have medicaid, which is state-run with federally matching funds. In practice, medicaid is often rejected by providers because it reimburses them poorly, and medicaid sometimes only exists in theory because states like mine don't give it money from the general fund and use a lottery to see who will get the low level of benefits offered.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    See, that's the common misconception about this. People think that all the doctors will magically change into someone less qualified. But, its likely that the govt run plan will force very many potential doctors to choose a different profession.
    Not a different profession, but perhaps a different specialty. We overproduce specialists and in theory centralized funding would allow centralized control to fix that. However, hospitals have been subsidized since the early years of modern medicine, and despite that they have always been allowed to choose how many and what kind of specialists they produce. This is unique in the industrialized world, I believe (not certain). In fact, there are financial incentives to produce specialists as there is federal funding only for hospital-based residency training, as opposed to primary care.
    Last edited by LiveUninhibited; 07-21-09 at 04:19 AM.

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