This story is just a little example of why I don't like the idea of the current health care reform proposal. Yes there is responsibility on the behalf of the caller/the mother, and the telephone daignosis maker - the fact that there is such a diagnosis offered on the phone bothers me - it smacks of budget containment. Then there is a commenter's note that the general practicioners are having problems seeing patients because they haven't received the proper protective gear - you know those rare and expensive pieces of equipment called masks...and gloves...
I have many reasons for not wanting to see this legislation pass, this is only one.
Governments are inefficient, power wielding and power seeking, often misguided and manipulated by other interests that have nothing to do with caring for its citizens, its voters, its creators. And most often, governments are attempting to cut costs - which considering the spending spree our government has been on the past 6 months, doesn't necessarily sound like a bad thing, but oh how it is truly a very bad thing.
Government agencies reduce budgets for reasons that often are not attempts to be fiscally responsible, but that usually have more to do with current power holders being able to report that they contained costs, or managed growth, or whatever other way they come up with mincing the words which boils down to THEY choose who and what and when to provide care for, and I pray that those decisions are always made by my doctor and myself, as long as my health care choices are not harming others, I believe the government, the budget makers and spenders, have no business in my health business.
Yes, insurance can deny payment, make you jump through hoops (called preauthorizations) and cause massive frustrations and even make totally ethically wrong policies, but I will always choose this current mess over the proposed fiasco, always.
Our health care system needs changes...perhaps just like so many issues like gun control and drug trafficking, maybe they need to look at a the laws and oversights already in place that could be better enforced and more efficient. I'm not an expert, I don't want to be, and I'm well aware there are many problems and mistakes made in our current system - those will never go away though - we're talking about humans, and medicine, neither of which is 100% consistent and predictable and manageable.
When something does go wrong, and there truly is someone who was negligent or unethical that is responsible, do you think a lawsuit or criminal charges filed against someone in our current system will obtain greater results and changes for improvements, or perhaps a lawsuit or charges against our government run health care system will be more effective....I think not. We've got such a long history of government run fiascoes - why would we hand health care over too? I've been told our military have some of the finest health care providers...they've also had some of the worst failures due to budget arguments and oversights.
If this does pass, I wonder where the foreigners who come here for great health care will go.