Do you think neighbors and family can replace
by Roger NC - 3/21/13 5:26 PM
In Reply to: Good for them by Steven Haninger
all the government aid for medical disabilities?
You know, reminds me all the time during this gun control debate, many are vehemently saying we don't need to punish good citizens, but need to keep mentally ill from getting guns.
Good idea actually.
But I haven't heard one explanation of what they are going to do to help mentally ill, just keep them away from guns. Lock them up again I guess.
There was a lot that was better when family, friends, and neighbors did all they could for the ill. Of course, many treatments we have now weren't known then, or were so frightfully expensive and rare that most never considered them. People offer comfort and support as you died. My wife might have had the tumor removed, but 25 years ago treatment wouldn't have been considered practical at her stage. Of coures in her case it turned out useless anyway, but in the past a lot of diagnoses all they could really offer you were pain meds (not even those as good as now) and advise you to put your affairs in order.
Now it is practical to face the fact we can't spend a million dollars on health care for ever individual. You can't have $1M care for everyone unless everyone pays in $1M sometime. The death squads kill grandma nonsense was fear mongering at it's worse. But how much do you spend on someone in failing health? for just another 1 to 3 years of life of questionable quality? Do you do a heart transplant on an 80 year old? People have got them at or near that age and done well, does that mean everyone should get one if one can be found?
I saw an ad, from an insurance company of course, that claims 1/3 of the money spent on medical care in this country is waste, from duplicate testing, unneccessary testing, ineffictual treatments given anyway, etc., more than the entire defense budget. Of course, the insurance company is trying to discourage testing and treatments that aren't well documented and tested to save money.
At least with my wife's illness and it's course, the insurance company gave us no hassel at all. Or almost none, here were the usual request for more documentation etc, but never as bad as many I've heard of coworkers and friends going through during an illness.
I know cutbacks have to be made, but to hear people say that those under xx age don't deserve the same consideration that has been there for those who have needed it the last 20 to 30 years I find callous and disturbing.
Anyone that wants to limit medicare and medicaid to $xx annual per person is fine, as long as they face the fact they are saying let them die in cases.
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