Our “sickcare system” in the U.S. is in a critical area of almost crisis. Medical charges are rising far faster than the average cost of living—or other income increases—especially in this time of economic downturn and uncertainty. Yet, we have large groups of our population that are not covered by insurance, for which we in healthcare pay and pass on to others.
'Sickcare system' nearing crisis
Health insurance does not mean healthcare, as insurance companies are only in business to make money, and the easiest way to make money for their investors is to figure out some way to not pay a medical bill. Additionally, we physicians urgently need tort reform, so that we can practice our profession without those crafty lawyers constantly blaming us for whatever doesn’t happen the way they would like, even giving false claims to the public in order to solicit business and make money for themselves. I can remember a lawsuit (where I was a reviewer) brought several years ago in which it was found that a baby died due to trisomy-13 (or 18), not what the lawyers claimed.
N. Burton Attico, M.D.Retired obstetrician/gynecologistPhoenix
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