About 2 years ago I laid out my view of 'conscious" health care reform on my dear friend "Granny Speaking Truth" blog.
I told my dear friend Granny (who I love and there is nothing that she can do about it) that the fundamental mandate for improved health care among "the least of these" is that they stop primarily looking at the "green grass" in their neighbor's yard and instead focus on THEIR OWN NEEDS.
In listening to the physicians that were guests on the "Huckabee Show" they brought up a term that I recently learned: "EoB" (Explanation Of Benefits).
This is the list of items that your health insurance company agrees to cover on your health plan.
IF the physician treating you chooses to extend service to you that is not included on this list she will not be reimbursed. They must take the total amount of services provided, make note of what the EoB covers and then write off the remainder. They depend upon other individuals with more robust health insurance to make up the difference.
- Improved Sanitation In Their Living Quarters
- Access to Anti-Parasitic Drugs
- More Trained Health Professionals In Their Midst
I make no bones about my view that a trained physician deserves to have his right to make a living via his practice unabridged by any claim that she owes society a greater level of consideration per their training as a physician.
As such a physician that chooses to not deal with the hassles of Medicaid is perfectly within her rights to chose to avoid treating Medicaid patients.
It seems to me, as I told Granny, that the government should establish a government run medical school system by which physicians that exclusively focus on Medicaid patients are released into the marketplace as certified physicians - with 100% of the qualifications of any other physician.
It is my opinion that the "Affordable Care Act' is merely a "Rube Goldberg Machine" - delaying the inevitable fiscal insolvency of the medical system and the nation as a whole.
Why then pretend that we can build up a pool of money with the "Individual Mandate" while failing to sufficiently address the reimbursement problem?
IF the "Nationalized Social Justice" advocates would cease and desist from their class warfare antics and focus upon populating the system with more physicians that are committed to providing care without consideration of COSTS - they would achieve a wider net of coverage for the masses and they would engage more people as "Professional Service Providers" into the system.
When "Southwest Atlanta Medical Center" closed its doors several years ago - THIS is when "Black People Lost Their Access To Health Care" - as it was shown that there was a FINANCIAL RESOURCE and PROFESSIONAL SERVICE PROVIDER SHORTAGE (ie: people willing to work within the confines of the limited finances necessary to make this localized system work).
IF Southwest reopens some time in the future it will not be because the "Wealthy Blacks" to the west of the facility saw the errors in their ways and now agree to help the "Poor Blacks" to the east who were using Medicaid. The only thing that would have changed is that a nationalized financial scheme has provided more money and, at least for some time, the people are now able to return to their consumer relationship with the health care services in their community.