Which means rationing and "death panels,"
I'm gonna be on my neighborhood death squad!
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“With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have realize what that implies. It’s not an abstraction. I’m a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery.”
The telephone survey of 838 doctors conducted in February and March found that 51 percent of internists are not accepting new patients, up from 49 percent the previous year. Fifty-three percent of family physicians, the other major group of primary care doctors, were also not taking new patients.
Even for patients fortunate enough to have a primary care doctor, waits for appointments continued to be lengthy. The average wait for an appointment with an internist was 48 days, which was five days shorter than last year, but the average wait for family medicine was 36 days, a week longer than in the 2010 survey...
...An ongoing shortage of new primary care physicians entering the system was cited as the principal reason for why so many existing ones had simply stopped accepting new patients...
...The study also found that while the vast majority of primary care physicians in Massachusetts accepted Medicare, only 53 percent of internists and 62 percent of family physicians accepted MassHealth, the state's Medicaid plan.
Only 43 percent of internists and 56 percent of family physicians accepted Commonwealth Care, the state administered program that provides subsidized care for those earning up to three times the federal poverty level.
jamiebk wrote:lik it or not something has got to change with health care. Currenlty we have parents taking kids to the ER and calling 911 for nosebleeds and scraped knees and I am not exaggerating. Geez Louise, this whole health care entitlement mentality has got to change. We build more and more hospitals and clinics and still wait for months because of overcrowding due to petty stuff as mentioned. All because "its covered".
The average health care company’s profit margins are small, 2-3%
The Obama administration approved 204 new waivers to Democrats’ healthcare reform law over the past month, bringing the total to 1,372. …
Administration officials say the law allows the Health and Human Services Department to grant the waivers to avoid disrupting the insurance market before the law overhauls the insurance system in 2014. They say the waivers are granted through a transparent process.
“Dr. Forrest runs a cash-only practice sees 16 patients a day at a maximum, works a 40 hour week and takes home more than the average family physician a year with a highly satisfied patient base that pays less than those in fee-for-service, insurance models.”
piqaboo wrote: Even in private practice, not accepting insurance payments, etc, there is gov't oversight (and AMA oversight) of medical practice/practioners.
I remain grateful for the employer-provided health insurance that paid most of what it cost to keep OT in a single room/isolation for 10 days
The only over-the-counter asthma inhaler sold in the United States will no longer be available next year as part of an international agreement to stop the use of substances that damage the environment.
Primatene Mist (epinephrine) is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the temporary relief of occasional symptoms of mild asthma. FDA urges those who use Primatene Mist to see a health care professional soon to switch to another asthma medicine.
Primatene Mist inhalers are being discontinued because they use chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as a propellant (spray) to move the medicine out of the inhaler so patients can breathe the medicine into their lungs.
...but if I keep it next year I’ll be a criminal under “Obamacare”
Shapley wrote:..There seems to be a steady movement towards prescription requirements - which necessitates a doctor's involvement - in the treatment of common ailments....
Selma in Sandy Eggo wrote:[Huh?
Many commonly available OTC meds were formerly prescription-only items. Even pseudoephedrine - which is different from the ephedrine in Haggis' inhaler - is non-prescription. It's just been moved to behind-the-counter locations and an adult has to ask for it. Quantities are also monitored.
My naproxyn anti-inflammatory used to be prescription. It's now in the grocery store. Benedryl, and Claritin, and many other allergy medications, are now easily available without a prescription.
Selma in Sandy Eggo wrote:Okaay, then, we'll smuggle you some generic acetaminophen from California, the nanny state. Since you can't get it in freedom-lovin' Missouri. Would you like some Nyquil to go with that? I don't recommend taking them together, though. You'll kill your liver.
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