I have been reading a lot about Michael Moore’s documentary regarding the status of healthcare in the
There is a lot to be proud of in American medicine. The emergency medical system for example, is one of the best in the world. Where I live, it is an all ALS or Advanced Life Support system with a typical response time of eight minutes or less for priority one calls. Additionally, the fire service also responds because they can typically be anywhere in the city in about three minutes or less. Add in the helicopter fleet, and we can even provide you with blood, central intravenous access, and other advanced life saving procedures in transit to a level one trauma center. Although the front end
When you arrive at the hospital emergency room, you are triaged and then taken care of by Registered Nurses who have a minimum of an Associate’s degree and thousands of hours of training and a medical doctor who has spent 10 years of his life in the pursuit of his profession. The hospital not only has to treat you, but everybody else who comes through their door with a life threatening sickness or injury, regardless of insured status. Why? Because that is the law and it is posted prominently in numerous languages to inform the public when they go to the emergency room. Therefore, when you are billed for your visit, you also are billed for the uninsured’s visit because the hospital cannot operate at a loss, if they did they would soon have to close their doors.
While the American healthcare system is the best in the world, at least I suppose that it is judging by the amount of foreigners who come to our shores for medical treatment unavailable at home or in the time they need or want it, we also have our problems. For example, medical doctors being overruled by a registered nurse employed by the patient’s insurance carrier. How an RN can overrule and MD is beyond comprehension. If we were to take this logic and apply it to the military it would go something like this:
Sergeant: I am sorry General Wilkins, but I cannot approve your strategic strike. It is militarily unnecessary.
General: I don’t think that you understand the strategic importance of the target. If we strike now, it could save millions of lives!
Sergeant: While I appreciate your frustration General, I cannot approve your plan. You must withdraw your combat forces.
While the exchange above seems to be ludicrous, and it is, it is never the less something that an insurance company actually did.
Insurance carriers only make money by denying claims. However, they must approve just enough claims to appear to be reliable. If they manage to keep the balance, then the insurance company will succeed. If they cannot, then they will perish. That is the harsh reality of the situation because the insurance company is accepting your risk. Modest changes could make this system more efficient as long as the balance is maintained. Otherwise, as the insurance company’s profits will dwindle and so to will the number of company’s providing such insurance and the cost of health insurance will sky-rocket.
However, along comes Michael Moore with his propaganda, which is what you call a film that presents half truths in order to fulfill your political agenda, and he says that he has the answer to your frustrations.
For an example of a world class healthcare system, look at
We have all the money we want for expensive houses, high priced automobiles, dining out at the best establishments, and purchasing our toys, but the government has to pay for our healthcare because it is too expensive. Spare me.