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    cocinero, LarryNM

    So many rely on the VA for coverage, and although they are stretched to the limit on what they can provide, without them many sick people would have even less access to proper care.

    Costs of healthcare have risen at an exponential rate, and I believe a lot of the blame lies at the feet of the insurance industry. Since they have the leverage to negotiate with the hospitals over what they are charged, while those paying out of pocket are stuck with whatever the hospital deems necessary.

     I don't understand why a hospital charges $20 for a dose of asprain that costs them .01. A single IV drip costs over $100. An ambulance ride $600. They claim they have to charge the prices due to the high volume of care they give out to people unable to pay. But, those unable to pay are treated with the bare minimum then kicked out onto the street. Somewhere along the line the money disappears into a black hole and its certainly not going to the nurses, residents, or orderlies who do the lions share of the work. The doctors get a healthy cut, but even they get paid a paupers wage compared to the salary drawn by the chairmen, the ceos and top executives at the hospital and insurance cos.  

    HealthCare is such doublespeak anyways. Hospitals care no more for your health than they do for their profits. Few doctors still believe the Hippocratic Oath, and abide by the important principals it seeks to imbue upon the profession.

    "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." -Goethe

    by sprint1745 on Sat Jan 07, 2012 at 01:53:43 AM PST

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