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  •  best example of a dysfunctional system! (3+ / 0-)
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    ladybug53, Neon Mama, CKendall

    When a patient cuts out their diabetes medication and ends up in the emergency room.

    IMO this is what happens when we confuse health care with health insurance and get all wrapped up with single payer, private sector etc.

    There are certain treatments and medications that one wants the widest possible use of because they have been proven to be cost efficient- vaccination, generic diabetes and blood pressure medicines come to mind. These should be provided FREE of cost to patients and providers should get directly reimbursed by the government. Trying to get them incorporated into health insurance plans is plain stupid. If there is a high probability consumers will use the service  insurance companies will simply include the entire cost into the premium they charge plus a mark up for their costs and profits. The consumer (and ultimately society) ends up paying $1.25 for something that only costs $1.00

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