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  •  Do these free clinics do surgery (6+ / 0-)

    trauma care, intensive care, etc? If not, they are a part of the solution - a big, important part - but it isn't reasonable to say that they can get all of their medical care there. In addition, people shouldn't be up the creek if they travel to another location where there doesn't happen to be a clinic. One reason most developed countries have universal health insurance schemes of some kind is that it gives people more freedom and flexibility.  And hospital care is, to be very clear, where most of the cost of medicine lies.

    Perhaps some hospitals can be converted over time but building new facilities would cost a fortune.

    There are some free hospitals in the country, but to my knowledge not that many, and many are specialized (St. Jude and Shriners both serve kids, for example).

    I was paid to post this comment by my cat, but he's a deadbeat.

    by decembersue on Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 04:41:04 PM PST

    •  See That Is A Very Good Question (3+ / 0-)

      In my other comment here I view (in my vision/world) them as free primary/preventive care. I just don't see how you can do away with the need for coverage if a person has a heart attack, needs surgery, or is about to give birth.

      But I feel like this could be a start. I have joked (and I don't think it is funny) I am pretty sure I could run a health care plan, make money, and not gouge people if you gave me time. Cause I would focus on people not getting sick in the first place, which costs a heck of a lot less then trying to treat people after they are already really sick.

      "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

      by webranding on Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 04:47:45 PM PST

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    •  The City of Hope, Duarte, CA, US (5+ / 0-)

      They are a specialized facility that treats people with cancer primarily, but from their beginning in 1913 as a TB sanatorium they have only one criterion for admission: ability to benefit. Ability to pay has not and will not be a bar.

      There are other places like this throughout the country. I believe there is a hospital specifically for lung diseases in Denver, Colorado that also started off as a TB hospital.

      I have to give major props to CoH: they gave my husband one more good year of life as he struggled with multiple myeloma. He had a year complete remission. And we were both broke and had no health insurance.

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      by Pris from LA on Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 05:14:23 PM PST

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      •  Not many other places like that! (0+ / 0-)

        But there are some. So your saying "there are other places like that" is accurate.

        Its good that free clinics exist. For young people, they are often the only healthcare they need.

        Older people, though, its a completely different story.

        Again, the emphasis is on solutions that don't solve, that in fact, hide, the very real problems.

        Everybody is automatically enrolled in Canada's health plan. You don't "miss a payment" because THERE ARE NO BILLS.

        by Andiamo on Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 06:03:25 AM PST

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