I can get going. Matter of fact I plan on writing a letter to the editor of the local paper due to the state of our local medical community. Which is supposed to be pretty decent considering it's Jackson, MS. But seeing as how I've visited nearly every specialist this town has to offer, not to mention have had stays in every local hospital, visits to Mayo and other out of state clinics I can give a very accurate view of how there is a breakdown in the communication among healthcare providers.
I nearly blew up last week because the specialist I was seeing hadn't even looked at the mounds of medical records that I personally keep and had left with his office the previous week. His basic premise was to discount any prior information or detail and only concentrate on current x-ray and blood tests performed by his office.
I have an extremely complex problem and there is no central physician that can get a handle on it and all of the specialist are grab-assing with trying to apply normal everyday routine patches to something that is obviously out of the ordinary.
I have been diagnosed with at least 3 different Pseudo-diseases. Meaning I have all of the symptoms without the actual disease. Yet, new specialist do not look at past blood test and try to determine patterns or the central factors.
ooops.... I think you might have triggered a rant.... and I even held back a whole bunch....
I don't like to talk about myself much.
Yup! Those that like to lecture about all the horrible things associated with "socialized medicine" and all the benefits of private health care apparently have never actually priced private health care.
When we retired, we had to take out our own health care policies. We were both about 55 at the time and in good health. Some companies simply wouldn't issue a policy, period. Others said they'd issue a policy but, because I took an over the counter antacid, they'd have to write a waiver on any sort of gastro-intestinal disease (in other words, they're perfectly willing to take my money to insure against anything I don't have but most certainly won't cover me for anything I might
get even though that's precisely why I'm giving them my money. These things are supposed to work both ways, you know.).
Luckily, we were able to get policies through HIPAA. That was pretty good coverage but it cost us roughly $25K a year (combined) for $1500 deductible policies. We felt lucky to get it. So, all those that rant against Medicare should make sure that they have the $500K set aside to pay for (just) their private health care plans for their 20 years of retirement.
Or, maybe they can actually price health care rather than just squawk the ideological mantra because they don't want to pay taxes. It might seem like a much better deal to them if they gather a few facts first.
OK, now it's my turn to step down off the soap box. Oh yeah, vote democratic!