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  •  American Exceptionalism? (4+ / 0-)
    When a medical diagnosis or emergency happens in life, it's doubly tragic. Not only do you ask "why" ("why did this happen to me?") but you're forced to ask "how" ("how am a I going to pay for all of this?"). Anyone who's been through a health crisis knows the answer: you don't care about money right away. The only thing that matters is surviving, cost be damned. "Fix me, whatever it takes."
    In most of the developed world, this is SINGLY tragic. Here in Hammer&SickleLand, the ER visit is free to the patient (with their provincial medicare card which is premium-free in most provinces), there is no charge for surgeons, surgery, hospital bed/food, imaging, blood tests, etc. Obama has taught us never to say never but most victims of socialist oppression here would pay only if they ordered a private room, an in-room TV or telephone, and hospital parking.

    I understand politics well-enough to know that a leap to single payer was impossible, particularly after Hillary's disastrous attempt last century. Despite the hiccups, many Americans will see a better result under Obamacare. More importantly, ordinary citizens are learning about the insanity of owing your soul to the insurance company store. A better-informed consumer with more competitive offers will reduce some of the more egregious excesses.

    Now if we could kill off "death panels" nonsense...

    •  I concur with this comment completely. You've (2+ / 0-)
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      done a great job explaining.  

      In my last stay in hospital they finally had a private room available.  It cost about $200 a day and included phone and TV.  I also had a stay in a transitional care unit that cost $35 a day.  

      I had a hip replacement that got infected and my problems just cascaded from there.  I spent about 120 days in hospital over a nine-month period.  My problems inspired them to do an amazing number of X-rays, scans, ultrasounds, blood tests, a dialysis session, and more.  One day they put me through about nine different (big and small)  tests.  In addition, when I was at home, for a few weeks I had to have weekly blood tests.  One of the labs did house calls.  And when my  hospital ordeal was over, I had a course of physio sessions.  All paid for by the system.  

      I can't imagine what the costs were for all this.  Nearly every day I thanked  my lucky stars I live in Canada.  

      We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

      by Observerinvancouver on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 01:55:05 PM PST

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      •  I'm completely confused by both of these comments. (0+ / 0-)

        My only visit to the emergency room was to turn around in tears and crawl back out.  I'm an independent contractor and cannot afford the $500+ month basic private insurance prior to ACA.

        I had to leave the emergency room in pain and desperation, because there was no way I was going to live my life chained to a private insurance company.

        I don't know or care anything about private rooms.  I wouldn't prossibly be interested in spending time on the medical hoops that that hospital made you jump through.

        I'm not looking for those things.  Even if it were free, I would never go through all that stuff that you did.  I'm not looking for bells and whistles.  I'd like to share health care costs across a broad spectrum of people.  That's all.  

        Romney's whole business was about maximizing debt, extracting cash, cutting head counts, skimping on capital spending, outsourcing production, and dressing up the deal for the earliest, highest-profit exit possible. -- David Stockman.

        by CupofTea on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 02:45:06 PM PST

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      •  I'm completely confused by this comment. (0+ / 0-)

        Private rooms?

        The only time I've been to an emergency room, I had to turn around and crawl out in tears.  I'm not going to be beholden to a private insurance company for the rest of my life.

        I'm not looking for bells and whistles.  I'd like to share health care costs across a broad spectrum of people.  That's all.  

        Romney's whole business was about maximizing debt, extracting cash, cutting head counts, skimping on capital spending, outsourcing production, and dressing up the deal for the earliest, highest-profit exit possible. -- David Stockman.

        by CupofTea on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 02:48:10 PM PST

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