Originally Posted by NBEventer
Who said anything about going to the hospital for every scratch?
I will use myself as an example just because I can.
This summer I had carpal tunnel surgery($$$) two months later I fell off my horse and smashed the same hand and my head, had to go to emerg for xrays and make sure I didn't hurt myself worse as I couldn't turn my head, more $$$ not to long after that I crashed again(first ride back actually) and dislocated my hip and separated my SI, so ambulance and more $$$ needed to go to physio, more $$$. A few months later my hand and wrist are still sore, go to the doctor($$$) he sends me for an xray again($$$) the xray didn't show enough so I had to go for an anthrogram($$$) follow up doctor visit to find out there are ligamints torn in my wrist so I now need to go to the orthopedic and possibly surgery $$$$$$$$$$$
If I lived in the US I would be going bankrupt by this time. Its not that I went for every little scratch or boo boo, but I had a string of bad luck. Can we say thank you Canadian health care system?
What if you didn't have health insurance and were in a car accident like WSArabians was in before Christmas? Think of the damage that would have done to her bank account living in the US. Not only can she not work, she would also be paying out the arse for medical bills.
THAT is the point I am trying to say. Not those who run to the doctor for a runny nose.
Your assumption that if
you lived in the US, then
you would have gone bankrupt would also require that you would have had no insurance. I didn't mean you personally would go for a scratch, I meant there are few controls in place to prevent people from abusing the system and driving up insurance costs in the case of private insurance, or health care costs overall in the case of those that get medical care "free". Prior to Obama care, "poor" people were not denied medical care and many were not charded, and (by law) illegals could not be denied emergency care - so they went to the costly emergency room as often as they felt like it - and still do. The act does not adequately address these high
The only way you can measure "improvement" in medical care is by measuring the quality,
cost (some entity is being billed), and
availability of care before and after Obama care (after it is fully in effect). I don't care how much money you have, or what the health care system - if what is necessary is not available - then you will not be properly treated. And, I don't know where you live, but they might not be sue happy, which is a huge
factor when determining health care costs in the US that was also left completely