Obama Care. Affordable Care Act. Healthcare Reform. Sound familiar? If not, I suspect that you may have been living under a rock for the past few years; for most of us living here in the good ‘ol US of A, hearing these simple phrases uttered brings a variety of emotional reactions – whether they be positive or negative.
Supporters of the Act maintain that the quality of healthcare will be improved while costs will be lowered for consumers; those against the Act argue just the opposite. Based on my own personal research and experiences, I have a very strong opinion on this comprehensive overhaul of our Health Insurance. My thoughts are deeply seeded in the belief that we are moving toward a publicly funded Universal Healthcare System – similar to what’s in place in Canada – and that this system will spell disaster for anyone with chronic health issues or anyone who is in need of expensive prescription medication. Wait times to see a provider will increase, there will be restrictions put on privately funded healthcare, and patients with chronic health issues will continue to be cycled through the system without receiving the treatment that they need.
Physicians will earn less; simple behavioral theory suggests that if an employee is paid less, they will not perform as well, no matter what the job. Call me crazy, but I want my heart surgeon on the top of his game when he cuts me open and plays around in my chest cavity.
Bottom line to me: yes, our current healthcare system needs a make-over. But is the solution to put our lives and the lives of our loved ones at risk? Should we start counting transactions and saving money over focusing on individual patients? I think not.
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