February 25, 2009
The Horror, the Horror

You might be interested in how socialized medicine is working out for one American unfortunate enough to have it. Whole article here. Sample:

Even better is the speed, integration and comprehensiveness of the care. I can walk in unannounced any day and go to the walk-in clinic. I’ll wait a while, but get to see a doctor about my complaint relatively quickly.

I have a regular GP doctor there who calls me in every six months for another check up. They take the initiative to make the appointment and call me – and send me reminder letters – informing me of the time. The supportive lab work is done there too. Many specialists are in house. I now regularly see a rheumatologist there.

When any doctor or nurse working there needs to refer to my complete medical history, they just make a few key strokes and it appears on their computer screen. If they want me to have a blood test or an x-ray (or a sonogram or an EKG) they just hit a few more key strokes and send me down the hall for the procedure. Typically, I’m back in 30 minutes with the results already in their computer. If they want to order a medication, a few more key strokes and it’s ready for me down the hall at the pharmacy. They even have masseurs and nutrition counselors…

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at February 25, 2009 04:18 PM
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I can't believe what I forfeited all over a disinclination toward killing people in a corrupt war. If I could only have another opportunity, oh, I almost forgot, Bush and company have given me another chance, just a more corrupt and immoral one than I ever imagined. Shit, I have wasted my life and deserve the sorriest health care on the planet, but thank god I don't have to participate in that either, cause I can't afford it.

Posted by: knowdoubt on February 26, 2009 6:07 AM

The question of when and if to provide care to a patient are eventually going to be made regardless of whether one has insurance based health care or single payer provided by all of us are going to be made in the two contexts of cost and reality. And when to continue care is something that will also be made simply because at some point we as a people will make mature,rational and logical decisions based on quality of continued life and evolving to an attitude that there becomes a point at which you must admit defeat. Sounds crass but as both population and increased death grow it seems logical.

Posted by: lahru on March 1, 2009 2:00 PM
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