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  •  Frankly, diarist you don't know what you are (0+ / 0-)

    talking about.

    The things you mention as common to other countries aren't all.

    You mind seem closed. Most other countries use insurance and have limits on what they do.

    And this paragraph makes no sense:

    Apparently these more advanced countries believe that patients should not decide if they (or their family) need health care before seeing a physician, but that a physician should decide if a patient needs care after she sees the patient. Cost-sharing, or “skin in the game,” increases health care costs and worsens patient outcomes.
    I think you have been reading on the pnhp (?) web site too  much. any site pushing tort reform is suspect because it is a ginned up problem to free the powerful from the complaints for injury of the less powerful.

    The strongest tort reform law did not cause health care costs to drop at all. And it certainly didn't protect patients; quite the contrary.

    I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

    by samddobermann on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 04:44:25 AM PDT

    •  The paragraph means that if people have to pay (0+ / 0-)

      when they go to see the doctor it is supposed to drive costs down, but what it ends up doing is people simply avoid going to the doctor. He's saying that having people avoid going to the doctor isn't a good thing.

      Most of the poster's points are good and well taken, the only nitpick I'd have is tort reform. To lower cost of insurance we should be encouraging best practices and opening up about bad  docs who still practice.

      How big is your personal carbon footprint?

      by ban nock on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 05:06:11 AM PDT

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