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Default Re: 25 Ways the Canadian Health Care System is Better than Obamacare for the 2020 Ele

Originally Posted by Bat View Post
I didn't say 'ultimate goal', I said 'stated goal'.
I think we sort of agree that what was accomplished did nothing to reduce actual health care costs.

I know this makes me sound evil and cold, but I truly believe that medical professionals (including hospital emergency rooms) should be allowed to refuse service to those with no insurance or ability to pay. Medical care at an ER is the only service one can use (demand) and never pay for.

I'd like for anybody with a specialized skill to tell me that they would be willing to provide their skilled services free of charge to anybody that showed up at their place of business if the person demanded it.
I don't have a copy of the Hippocratic Oath readily available, my understanding the basis of it is the preservation life... and leaving those in desperate need untreated, to die, would be a violation of that oath.

I've been one of those people who needed immediate help, with no insurance. Of course this was 40 years ago, but the bill I was presented with after my ER visit, was negotiated with the billing department to about 60%, and a payment plan put in place. I paid that bill off in about a year I believe.

I don't have an issue contributing towards emergency treatment of life threatening situations, because the health care has actually been received. I do object to paying for 'insurance' which is nothing but a front loaded payment mechanism that is NOT health care.

As to 'not getting paid', those of us who do have insurance, or pay taxes, or both, do end up paying for it in other ways. A number of professionals do charitable work and provide their services free or low charges, I guess the medical version of noblesse oblige is one way to look at it.
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