Look before you leap! This has always been a favorite saying of mine because some of our politicians often open their mouths and spew forth great ideas as they embrace noble causes. Health care is one of these noble causes. However, no one bothers to define the main issue, define the costs involved or where to find the money to fund these great experiments.
There are volumes of data available regarding universal health care but let’s use one example already mentioned in one of Richard’s earlier postings and that is the situation at Walter Reed Army Hospital. My friends tell me that most VA hospitals are neat, clean and run on time. The one drawback so I am told is the fact they are run like assembly lines. This makes sense to me because of the volume of patients they see each day. Often I wish my private physician would run more like a factory but frankly I have no major problems with the way my personal health care is handled.
The quote by Ronald Bailey in a previous post in this Blog says it all regarding government run hospitals. “no real accountability from the people who run the joint.”
This statement speaks volumes of what citizens of the United States can expect if Hillary or those like her get their wish for Universal Health Care. Look at the budget that is being sought by the VA to run their health care unit. For fiscal 2008 they are seeking $36.6 Billion U.S. This information is readily available at http://www.va.gov/budgetYou might ask how many patients will be treated using this $36.6 billion. By the way, I am all in favor of spending whatever is necessary to treat the troops who keep me safe on my own soil. The point of this is to say the government is overwhelmed by 5.8 million patients who happen to be veterans. That’s correct … the $36.6 billion will treat and take care of 5.8 million deserving veterans. Do the math and you will see we are spending only $6200 per individual patient treated by the VA. Statistics show we have around 47 million uninsured individuals in the U.S. Using simple math we can multiple the total of $36.6 billion by 8.3 (we arrive at 8.3 by dividing 47 million by 5.8 million) to arrive at a figure necessary for the government to supply universal health care to everyone without insurance. The figure looks like this 8.3 X $36.6 billion = $307,178,571,428.57 or $307 Billion.
Where in the world do you think the additional Billions of dollars will be generated? One guess boys and girls. BY YOU AND ME. In addition we will have the potential for the same disaster that has occurred at Walter Reed. No accountability and a lot of passing the buck. Do you want to see your loved ones be denied service for what we now consider routine health care? Look at your local hospitals and tell me that individuals are being turned away if they have no insurance. The answer is “no.” Our local hospital subsidizes those who cannot pay using the insurance payments from those who can. You may be told this is not lawful and does not happen but think about it. Do hospitals write off bills of indigent patients or those who have problems paying? NO!! They may try to collect and in some cases they are somewhat successful in collecting a portion of the amount due. Take a close look at your next hospital bill if you have to use a public hospital. One reason we have $100 aspirins is to pay for those who cannot pay. We already have universal health care and believe me bringing all citizens to the lowest level of care will not increase the care for those without insurance.
Have a grat day!