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  •  Maybe reading the Massachusetts Budget (1+ / 0-)
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    semiot

    is in order.

    There is a simple fact that applies here:

    Promises have been made which cannot be kept.

    So with health care, particularly with chronic care maladies. The private care system has perfected a near-Wall-Street level of fraud, which destroys the viability of such as the Massachusetts public health care budget.

    What has to happen is that these patients are moved to honest public facilties -- the Kennedy-Sanders Community Health Clinic facilities. These sites are modeled on Tri-Care and VA/VHA, which you will also see full-force at the three states of Mayo Clinic.

    Preference for unlimited private care is understandable. But America is getting clipped for $1,000,000,000,000-a-year -- yes, $1-trillion -- in fraudulent inside-the-combined-practice referrals and contra-indicated add-on prescriptions.

    Nationally this cost-bloat affects 133,000,000 patients. The phony referrals scheme developed to maturity over 40 years, lowering overall quality despite technical advances. Crime does not lead to competent medical care. During these years the insurance companies' management and these dishonest providers came to dominate CC economics.

    Bernie Sanders, a proud Socialist, Vermont, got Harry Reid to bump up the Kennedy CHC's to 14,000 total sites. The aim is to serve 30- to 40-million CC patients for Medicare/Medicaid and similar circumstances.

    With Vermont going single-payer, Massachusetts will be following close to suit. Moving these state employees looks to be part of it.

    Keep in mind -- the CHC's and Tri-Care and VA/VHA and Mayo Clinic have better treatment outcomes and higher patient satisfaction than what you see with the phony referrals scam-system.

    Check out Mayo Clinic and the work of Atul Gawande:

    The scam is exposed in some detail here:

       Annals of Medicine
        The Cost Conundrum

    What a Texas town can teach us about health care
    by Atul Gawande June 2009

    In 2006, Medicare spent fifteen thousand dollars per enrollee here, almost twice the national average. The income per capita is twelve thousand dollars. In other words, Medicare spends three thousand dollars more per person here than the average person earns.

    The explosive trend in American medical costs seems to have occurred here in an especially intense form. Our country’s health care is by far the most expensive in the world. ......

    So, for Mass public employees and the retirees particularly.

    Financial criminals + Angry White Males + Personality Disorder dreamers + KKKwannabes + George Will =EQ= The GOPer Base (-4.38,-3.74)

    by vets74 on Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 05:13:50 AM PDT

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    •  You should post a separate diary on this (2+ / 0-)
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      ranger995, vets74

      Your information and thoughts are important, and a rational debate on these matters is much needed, even after all the endless discussion on ACA, etc.  Your post here, however, will be seen by few people, as it was included long after the diary had run its course.

      I don't directly agree with the notion that screwing public unions is a good way to get to a single payer model, and the political symbolism is dire, to say the least.  But it's a discussion worth having.

      Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set... -- Gandalf

      by dnta on Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 09:27:44 AM PDT

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