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  •  For us personally, the cost started excessively (7+ / 0-)

    rising about 2000.

    Sorry, I just think the cost of everything is truly beyond what the average person can afford especially since 2008.
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      were really problems beginning in the 1990s.  I worked in an ER in Chicago and then later on in dialysis.  While working in the hospital many patients that were admitted that didn't have insurance (or Medicare) were automatically helped by social workers who filled out forms for Medicaid before the patience was discharge so that they wouldn't have a outstanding bill and would be covered even after discharge and for follow ups.  

      Then when I worked in dialysis, patients automatically with ESRD got Medicare.  In the 1990s if the patient had private insurance, it would pay 80% and Medicare would pick up 20%.  The patient was covered and then after a period of time the insurance would flip and the private insurance paid 20% and Medicare picked up 80%.  

      Then when dialysis' centers were being brought by corporations and privatized, it was all messed up.  I briefly returned to dialysis (for a corporation) and lasted about two months before I walked out because I could not as a social worker follow corporate orders to try and force my patients with private insurance to keep working (although they were terribly sick) in order to get bigger private insurance payments.  If they couldn't work Medicare took over payments eventually and the corporate owners didn't like this.  I got tired of compromising my ethics for the corporations that didn't have any.

      And I think your right about 2000 is when everything went insane in the healthcare industry.  That is when I had to have my first brain surgery and was working for the hospital that did my surgery, it also insured me, and one week after surgery I had just gotten home and was called by my employer/hopsital and ask how I was going to pay the $30,000.00 hospital bill that insurance was refusing.  

      With sixty staples in my head all I remember saying is "you asshole, I work for you, it your insurance and the sugery was approved twice by the surgeon and myself.  Go figure it out."  End of story.

      "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

      by zaka1 on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 10:42:30 PM PDT

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