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  •  I realize the plural of anecdote is not data (0+ / 0-)

    but just look at what true blue just said.  It is a very human response.  

    Newt Gingrich: Believes marriage is between one man and a series of ever younger women. Wife #1 born ~ 1936, divorced when in her mid-40s...Wife #2 born ~1947, divorced when in her mid-40s...Wife #3 born ~1966.

    by trillian on Fri May 13, 2011 at 07:19:32 PM PDT

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    •  Perhaps I wasn't clear (1+ / 0-)
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      I wasn't questioning that high co-payments are effective in reducing the amount of services used. I was questioning whether patient overuse of services is a real factor in our high costs and whether using high out-of-pocket costs to discourage patients from getting services is a good idea.

      Re the French system:

      There are no deductibles. French National Health Insurance typically pays 70 percent of an office visit. A G.P. typically charges the patient 30 percent of the $35 fee, and a specialist will charge 30 percent of the $45 fee. But co-insurance is waived for all patients with serious chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, cancer, heart disease or any other medical condition requiring more than $100 per month in payments.

      I don't believe patients in France or anywhere else in Europe have to pay $500 out-of-pocket for recommended tests.

      Yes, of course a $500 bill will discourage people from having baseline colonoscopies. I also think this is one of our particularly American approaches to health care that does not serve us well.

      We decided to move the center farther to the right by starting the whole debate from a far-right position to begin with. - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

      by denise b on Fri May 13, 2011 at 08:16:16 PM PDT

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