Wednesday, April 05, 2017

ONLY if it were different

* ONLY 63 million adults say they went without health care or medication they needed because of the cost;
* ONLY 25 percent of adults buying plans on their own say they found it difficult or impossible to find a plan that fit their needs;
* ONLY 31 percent of adults with health problems say it was difficult or impossible to find a plan that fits their needs;
* ONLY 26 percent of adults with low incomes and health problems say it was difficult or impossible to find a plan that fits their needs;
* ONLY 20 percent of adults say they did not go to a doctor when they were sick because of the cost;
* ONLY 19 percent of adults say they did not fill a prescription because of the cost;
* ONLY 18 percent of adults reported they had skipped a recommended test, treatment, or follow-up visit because of the cost;
* ONLY 70 million adults said they had problems paying medical bills in the past 12 months or were paying off medical bills over time; and,
* ONLY 46 million adults are currently paying off medical debt over time (unchanged from 2012).”
To which I might add:
*ONLY 29 million Americans are without health insurance;
*ONLY 15-20% of the health care dollar is allowed for non-medical expenses; i.e., for bureaucracy and profits. (Medicare is an exception where less than 2% is spent on administration and where insurer profits do not exist since it is government provided insurance); and,
*ONLY ~18% of GDP is spent on health care – compared to Canada’s ~11% of GDP for its “Medicare for All” program which covers everyone and gives better results than ObamaCare.  And the U.S. expenditure is rising whereas Canada’s has remained stable as a percentage of GDP for many decades.
The fundamental flaw with ObamaCare and RyanCare is the same and that is the Big Insurers Inc are in charge, they will work to game the system, to decrease care, increase costs to the patients and so increase their profits. Deductibles are too high, and premiums are too high.
http://dissidentvoice.org/2017/04/just-how-bad-is-obamacare/

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