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  •  Medicare Coverage (1+ / 0-)
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    Like millions of others mentioned in this article, I had to postpone major surgery because in order to cover the costs completely I had to wait for eligibility and coverage of Supplementary Medicare insurance which doesn't occur until one is 65.  And I have to pay over 100 dollars a month for it too, as well as pay for Medicare per month out of my SS Disability Income which is minimal.  For at least nine years I suffered with severe pain in both hips!  After several cortisone shots, the last ER physician informed me that I couldn't safely endure any more of them, because of cartillage and joint denigration that accompanies them beyond 3 or 4 injections.  Fortunatley, with both hip replacements I had one of the best orthopedic surgeons in this area!  But the unending pain and distress I endured says alot about the health care crises in this country and why the whole system should be overhauled in favor of universal coverage!  The only people who would suffer then are the medical practicioners who would have to accept caps and ceilings on outrageously high charges.  Perhaps then, they would have to join the ranks of the rest of us average joes who struggle to enjoy retirement!  I for one am sick and tired of hearing about how medical people suffer for years to obtain their training and licenses.  Personally, I don't give a shit!  They chose the occupation.  Going in, they knew there would be sacrifices.  They have deliberately made it a privileged and aristocratic pursuit!  Why should I pay for their pain and their choice.  Get over it medicos and join the human race.  I don't think you are any more special than the guy who worked in trucking, factories, bakeries, foundries or any other skilled or unskilled trade or business.  Why should the rest of us pay outrageous fees because you made your choice.  That argument makes me fighting mad!  How about the person who grew up in a slum, ghetoo, or barrio.  They didn't even have a choice, and they are paying one hell of a price!

    •  No need to bash the docs (1+ / 0-)
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      They are often as much a victim of the "system" as you are; and they really don't make all that much compared to other professions and weighed with the cost and duration of the required education. If it ever was a "privileged and aristocratic pursuit" it sure isn't any longer.

      "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." Plato

      by Catte Nappe on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 11:01:54 AM PDT

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    •  you are wrong (0+ / 0-)

      I am sorry that you endured what you endured, but as far as I'm concerned - and I don't think I'm alone here - men and women in whose care we are putting our health and well being, who spend years and years training, deserve to be well compensated. Even then, it is really only specialists in certain fields who are making salaries that are regularly above $250k. Yes, that is a lot of money, but that is fine by me. They deserve it, in my opinion.

      Compare that to what pharamaceutical sales reps make. These are often guys who are lucky to have college degrees and the "good" ones can make that kind of money easily, with half the effort and no risk of being responsible for somebody's death or being sued for malpractice.

      Right now the best and brightest in this country are NOT going into medicine and biomedical research, because they see and hear about what that means today: hassles with insurance companies, decreasing chances of getting federal grants to support their research, increasing costs of medical school, on and on.

      Again, I am sorry you had such a terrible experience, but don't bash doctors because of it. If there is anybody in this country who deserves to be compensated well, it's doctors who are good at what they do.

      "We didn't create this fetid political swamp, we just live in it." - Digby

      by Whigsboy on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 11:29:21 AM PDT

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