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Matthew is a Medicaid recipient with a life threatening illness. He is one of 70 million Americans who depends on this program. Medicaid was passed in the mid-1960s after decades of fights over the role of government in medical care. FDR and Truman fought for healthcare, but Johnson wound up passing this landmark legislation. Around this same time, developed nations around the world passed universal health programs. The US got Medicaid.
The more I learn, the more grateful I am to live in Norway. My brothers son, born prematurely in January, had to stay 3 months in hospital. They paid nothing. I'm expecting twins later this year, I will pay nothing no matter if it ends up as a natural birth or a C-section. Happy to live somewhere all citizens have the same value, no matter how healthy or rich they are..
This may sound heartless, and indeed, in a way, it just might be. But, from a purely logical perspective, perhaps it doesn't make sense to preserve those who physical attributes are inherently flawed? As the comedian Bill Burr said, "We're the only species who preserves the weak."
I dunno, just saying, I can see some benefits from this. The biggest one being that each generation will have a bigger ratio of those with health problems then the one before it, as long as we keep doing what we're doing. Sooner or later it'll be unsustainable.
Helen E I won't say, due to personal security reasons. It's a small area.
That being said though, I'm sure that the majority of citizens do, indeed, believe that healthcare is a right. Between the Medicaid program-which takes up a larger chunk of the US revenue the the military-and the constant demonstrations and attempts to achieve a better system, the willingness is there. But, as this video pointed out, there're roadblocks.
Medi cal/Medicaid recovery program. Food is our medicine not the over the counter drugs or prescription drugs , those drugs are how they farm us. If you have medical cannabis in your state , grab the golden ring and run with it, growing your medicine is much cheaper than buying pharmaceutical drugs. Also look up medical benefits of ginger ,turmeric , cayenne, lemons, water melons and many other foods, cannabis has the most nutrition value of any plant, also treats the most sicknesses.
I don't want taxes to buy everyone in the country healthcare, build aircraft carriers, cash politicians paychecks, pave roads, feed overpopulation fueling orphans, or the elderly, social Darwinism, pay your own bills or die, that simple, it's not greed it's realism
Healthcare is not a human right, survival of the fittest, why should I work to pay my doctor bills and this guy's as well, we are near the same age, both able bodied, able to work, but yet I get stolen from to pay his medical bills, ahhh sweet government Charity
As long as Americans don't look at others as humans...? They will fight about everything, without consider the needs of others. At the end of the day they don't even realize how much is wasted in their short and pitiful live.
This is why my dad told me be happy you live here in new Zealand were everyone is equal in health treatment sorry small guy in the USA you will just have to live till 74 and pay lots of money if you won't to live longer
Norway here.. I find the attitudes in the US shocking. When a value of a person is measured in how healthy a person is when born, it is quite similar to Hitler who decided to kill off all mentally and physically handicapped children in the 1930's becasue he thought they had no value... https://www.ushmm.org/outreach/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007683
This is something Republicans don’t get, health care should be a right! This is when Socialism is okay but not too much, the government should pay for healthcare if you can not afford it! If you can, maybe not!
I'm 17 years old and I too have Crohn's disease and have gone through 3 surgerys. And everything went well, currently writing this while I'm in the hospital from my last surgery. But since I'm under 18 I don't have pay a penny and I'm thankful. I nor my parents could have payed for everything without my health insurance which is 10CARE. I FEEL BLESSED
The thing is, who is going to pay for these very expensive healthcare programs? We have Medicare, Medicaid, and now Obama Care... These programs just drain tax dollars and American funds and we became dependent on them. Simply, America cannot afford such programs.
I support universal health insurance and health care for ever American it's immoral not to and the fact is we are already paying for people who don't have health insurance in one way or another my cusion ran up $150,000 in medical bills and guess who paid it you did in one form or another so think about that before you run your mouth
Why is Poland not under "universal healthcare"? I have national healthcare here even though I'm a US citizen. I was in the hospital for a week and didn't pay a penny. My dental is even covered by national healthcare.
I live in Vermont, and our healthcare system is fantastic. My mom is a doctor, so we know from experience that our Medicaid is _wayyyy_ above average. I wish the whole country had Canadian-style free healthcare, though.
Our health care system works hard to prevent childhood obesity. So every family of a obese child is offered (free) help. This has been a success since the growth of obese children has almost stopped in the last years. It will save our country loads of money in the years to come, since more of these children will be normal weight as adults, and will be able to work and contribute to the society. (Norway)
Trump said a few months ago he wants more Norwegians to move to the US. But we don't really want to.. Few are willing to leave what we have for that.. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-shithole-countries-norway-immigration-american-emigrants-scandinavia-a8159441.html
Never said Germany was the only one with a working system, it is just the country I happen to live in.
Let's just be thankful for not living in the US, I could never imagine having to deal with this level of greed.
I feel the same. (I live in Norway.) My brother had a son in January born three month prematurely. He and his mum stayed 3 months in hospital, but they paid nothing for it. I'm expecting twins later this year, and will pay nothing.. How Americans ever dare to have children is beyond me...
Medicaid is ok but then you have a harder time finding a doctor and medical office (with proper professional demeanor when it comes to delays and other issues like appointment booking). When I had private insurance through my parent and my job I had excellent physicians who employed the best medical secretaries but now on Medicaid despite me paying taxes since 15, there's a gross difference. I have to fight harder to find excellent specialists. The SYSTEM itself is broken.
The one thing all states below the American average have in common is they are in the south. That's not a coincidence. The area that always votes for people who tell citizens they are going to cut healthcare and education are also the states with the worst healthcare and education. Go figure.
People always debate about how to fund those expensive medical bills - the government or individual consumer. But people neglect to talk about how those bills get so darn expensive. I think hospitals should really operate like grocery stores. Like grocery stores, hospitals have to set a fixed price for each service. If the patient cannot afford it, then they will be denied healthcare from that specific hospital or seek a cheaper hospital. If the patient cannot afford the services even at the cheapest hospital, then they may receive treatment from Free Clinics, the medical version of food donation centers, operated by volunteer, trainee doctors (who accept any kind of payment, even food) and funded by the national government (those supplies don't come free). Of course, there will be a limit to who can receive treatment from the Free Clinics. Maybe only people who make below the Living Wage in a given state will be eligible for treatment by the Free Clinics. People with lifelong, debilitating, incurable illnesses will only be eligible until the age of 18, which will protect minors from suffering from the conditions; adults who age out of the system are on their own. Seriously, expecting society to support you for the rest of your life (because your freakin' condition costs tens of thousands of dollars to maintain) is unrealistic and expensive.
Damn, Im so happy I live in germany and dont have to worry about healthcare. Parodoxicly the universal healthcare is not only a moral necessity, but also an economic benefit. I mean: You cant really be an economically attractive country, for highly educated people and companies of all sorts from around the world, when you do not even take care of the most basic human desire...
Rich class lives almost all the same in anywhere-- luxurious, lavish, showing off, etc.
What decides a country advanced or not, is that minors or lower class can be benefited from welfare or public while lower classes consititue of the majority of public and labours.
If without anyone cares about how normal or poor people living status quo, every single place on Earth can be either North Korea or ongoing Soviet Russia (or modern Moldova)
A few weeks I had a small mole on my back that was beginning to tickle in a weird way. Went to my doc to get it checked out, turns out it was nothing. I paid 0 dollar for the visit, I love my Canadian healthcare!
i live in country where my income keeps me poor, struggling and insecure as hell, social services pit the poor against one another, the infrastructure is crumbling and homelessness is rampant and medical care is a joke at best. its corrupt in the both the private and public sectors beyond comprehension. yet, the citizens here seem to think this is fine. that this is acceptable! they refuse to rebel and fight and cling to their slavery as if its a gift from god! people in my country are idiots and cowards!
every country on earth is corrupt. but the U.S. is the world leader in CORRUPTION! this is true on a federal level as well as a state level. although i'm on disability, living in poverty on about 12.5k a year ($3k BELOW the poverty line) California just kicked me OFF OF Medicaid! on top of that the student loan program scam has stolen 10k from my disability over the last 8 years to pay a $3500 debit I DON'T OWE! WE NEED A REVOLUTION IN THIS DAMNED CORRUPT COUNTRY AND WE NEEDED IT YESTERDAY!
My whole life I didn't like how people can get medicaid and cost taxpayers money. Now... I am in need of healthcare and going to do a specific test will cost me over a thousand dollars. I do not make nearly enough money to not be impacted by that large payment. I qualify for medicaid based on my yearly income. I feel so bad because I was opposed to us citizens pouring so much money into healthcare. Now I might have something called sleep apnea. Those who have it are 4x higher mortality and come with a host of side effects. One of them being high blood pressure. Well I have high blood pressure. I am hoping to qualify for medicaid because the cost of a sleep study, appointments, and a cpap/bipap machine can cost upwards of $3.5k.
I'm done with you.....nothing is getting through that brain of yours.
Let me guess....you must be a liberal. (eye roll)
When historians look back at this time in history they will name it...
"The Era of No Common Sense".
Have a great life......
Instead of cutting and pasting without attributing the quoted passage, you should go to the original study. Joy Lawn's statement does not cover the developed countries in the OECD. Those countries do far, far better at preventing infant mortality than the US does and they keep really good records. In fact, here's what the Joy Lawn study actually says:
"Almost all of these deaths (99%) occur in low- and middle-income countries, and approximately half occur at home, often unnamed and uncounted."
If you look at the map at the linked article you will see that the US, along with all of Europe, is classed as having "High-coverage vital registration systems" and surveys are NOT used in those countries to determine infant mortality.
In other words, and these are my own words, the quote from the article in National Review that you pasted in is deceptive, intentionally so. The US is a rich, highly developed country. When compared with other countries, that are also rich and highly developed, the US looks bad on infant mortality. Trying to distract with a comparison to infant mortality rates in poor, third world countries is not helpful.
BLAH BLAH BLAH.......The reasons why the often stated high mortality rates for USA are total bull crap are totally logical and believable.
Underreporting and unreliability of infant-mortality data from other countries undermine any comparisons with the United States.
In a 2008 study, Joy Lawn estimated that a full three-fourths of the world’s neonatal deaths are counted only through highly unreliable five-yearly retrospective household surveys, instead of being reported at the time by hospitals and health-care professionals, as in the United States.
So, in other words, other countries gather statistics on a five year basis relying on peoples memories instead of reporting each individual death as it occurs as the US does. This alone voids your statistical argument.
Here's what Dr. Carroll wrote about infant mortality: "Many more babies die in the United States than you might think... This fact is hard for some to comprehend. Some try to argue that the disparity isn’t real. They assert that the United States counts very premature births as infants because we have better technology and work harder to save young lives. Therefore, our increased rate of infant death isn’t due to deficiencies, but differences in classification. These differences are not as common, nor as great, as many people think. Even when you exclude very premature births from analyses, the United States ranks pretty poorly.
The CDC also issued a publication showing that differences in calculating the infant mortality rate did not change the fact that the US has a higher rate than many other developed countries.
In vitro fertilization has nothing to do with infant mortality.
The truth, as Dr. Carroll writes, is hard to believe. But it's the truth.
It would be much cheaper...& healthier...to maintain good health, with ck ups and tending to basic health needs, like teeth, hearing and vision & making basic hygiene supplies available at a lower cost. A body, like a vehicle, requires good maintenance...which is cheaper than a major repair and makes a useful life, longer & more productive. Like so many things, however, the big corps make money off things that go wrong, not the healthy alternatives. The extra taxes paid into the system, by healthy folks working, rather than depleting the economy thru health-related problems, would more than offset the costs of regular ck-ups & maintenance.
This is something I worry about every day - I have a rare heart muscle disease, one that unfortunately enough, I was born with. The severity meant a /week/ after diagnosis I had a pacemaker. That device alone means a surgery every five to seven years. That expense is set in stone, along with my heart medication, the cardiologists (I have two) the appointments with those doctors (I have on average 4 doctor's apointments every year for my condition alone) and I've already had open heart surgery (nearly a quarter of a million dollars that month in the hospital cost my family; due to unforeseen complications) - And I'm one of the lucky ones; I have Medicade, in /Oklahoma/. (Go check the video, OK was at the bottom of that list) But my coverage is under review. The government might take it away from me soon. And I'm so scared since I can't work. I'm in my mid-twenties, still living with my parents, and I cannot maintain a livable income. My situation is one of the reasons medicade is what it is today, and they still want to take it from me.
The American health care system is broken,and it's only going to get, worse as our country ages. Health insurance companies in the States are for profit only, they could care less about insuring their patients until they are healthy or die with an incurable disease.We should of passed Universal Healthcare for every citizen many years ago. Why would these Republicans continue to advocate for state control when they know that's not working for their constituents in those states?? I'll tell u why, they carry water for the lobbyists and special interests like big Pharma. Education is free here, our healthcare needs to be as well
Health care is paid by everyone in Australia out of our pays you don't even notice it and health care is universal for everyone thats beats any private health care company hands down....Health care just went up in our country so a little more was taken from our pays but it's nothing to what a private company would charge you in the USA.
How the hell did he get ANYTHING with Medicaid? I went in because I had a scrape on my leg that became infected and NO ONE would touch me, NO ONE would see me, the second I uttered Medicaid I was a goddamned plague victim. My MOTHER had to take me to her doctor and pay for the exam because the one clinic in my city that did take medicaid was a first come first serve clinic that opened at 7:00am and had like, two hundred people waiting
In Germany (I belive it's the case in most of western Europe) the governmental non-profit health insurance, old age pension, etc. services are devided strictly from others.
There is a a private health care sector, you have to pay separately, from the amount, you monthly give away automatically with your wage, but these people (we used to have one too)
were kept in hospitals much longer and were diagnosed wrong, simply because their health insurance was willing to pay for any useless therapy.
The reason Texas has 20% uninsured is because I'm insured pay 50 to 100 a month and it's only for preventive health 😹😹 I luckly have mexico 30 mins from me and there they took lab work and a check up for 30 bucks. Btw im a signle no dependent at 15,000 income.
Blame physicians. Bastards, you study for the rest of your life, put yourself in astronomical debt and work ridiculous hours just to make other people feel better. Don't blame doctors blame the government.
Wait, so even if you’re really sick but don’t qualify for Medicaid you just have to suffer? And even if you’re on the brink of death you still have to pay thousands of dollars on medical bills? America is baffling
How is healthcare a right? You do not have a right to my services if I'm a healthcare worker. You can't just say things are a right and then expect things to be covered by the government. Especially when it is a service provided by someone.
Why do so many idiot Americans believe that their CIA spreads propaganda against the US? The CIA world factbook points out that the US has third world rates of child mortality. The average American's life expectancy is only marginally above poverty-stricken Cuba's and America's life expectancy figures are plunging. The US government spends more per head of population on health care than any other country in the world. Americans are people who would by a car at more than double the market price, have it kill them and their children and yet still be convinced they got a good deal. Duh!
Ben, correct... the problem is the monetary system itself that's outdated and we must evolve beyond the concept of money. We have the resources, technology and knowledge to create an entirely new world civilization of vast abundance never seen before.
Dated concepts of money, religion, governments, etc only hold us back.
The NHS is a socialized system that was created as a part of their reconstruction package after World War 2. Germany's was developed by unions in the 1860s. Nice peddling of misinformation to push a health plan most people don't want.
It's almost comforting to see someone else talk about the reality of having an autoimmune disease, and how ridiculously expensive it is.
Not only that, how scary it can be. I don't think a lot of people realize what *kind* of medications we need to be on simply to stay alive, and how risky it can be either. Many of the medications are given through IV and some are even classified as chemotherapy drugs. To be infused it either requires either an office visit, or even a day at the hospital depending on your insurance. That costs money. The medication itself can easily cost over $100,000 depending on where you get infused. I'm not even kidding. I get infused every 6 weeks, so you can imagine why this would become a pain to get coverage for.
I also have Crohn's Disease, Psoriatic Arthritis and a plethora of other medical issues. Luckily I'm on my parents insurance now, but I turn 26 next year. I'm scared about what may happen then and if I'd be able to get coverage for my medications and specialists. Politicians very well may have my life in there hands, and I'm not to confident in the way things have been going...
Thank you, Matthew, for sharing your experiences and informing the public on what it's like to get coverage for these types of medications.
Yah when I went to the emergency room for my bad cavity they did nothing and sent me somewhere else but still sent my mom a bill of $1000+ ( it was in Florida. I had to go home crying from the pain of the cavity )
It's less a matter of how much we spend on healthcare than it is where the money goes. When you go in for a doctor's visit, doctors tend to order a ton of unnecessary tests and procedures to err on the side of caution, significantly increasing your medical bill - why? Because of malpractice suits and the fact that getting claims through to insurance companies is a complete mess. Insurance companies want you to spend as little as possible, so getting approval for certain treatments is extremely difficult.
That and the overuse of the ED for non-threatening issues, uninsurance, and inability for consumers to pick/choose based on price - think about it, if you were in an emergency, would you take the time to consider costs when going to a hospital? That and the selection of hospitals is usually fairly slim - we can choose which store to shop at or where to eat, but when have you ever seen a ton of hospitals in one single location?
In the end we have to get hospitals and insurance companies to become more transparent with their pricings, but is this going to happen anytime soon? Definitely not. For-profit is going to remain for-profit. Better start supporting your local safety net hospitals that provide treatment towards patients regardless of ability to pay than continue to go to those for profit hospitals whose sole purpose is to make investors happy.
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