Mitz, I totally agree that the insurance companies are a huge issue in this whole thing. Insurance in general is a mess in this country. Their agenda is to have you pay exorbitant amounts for decades and then, when you do have a claim, to cheat you. First they deny payment, then they offer you a quick settlement of cents on the dollar, and finally, if forced, they will pay. Ask anyone who was affected by Katrina. Or ask me, who spent most of two months working to force my insurance company to pay for something they had pre-authorized!
Pharmaceutical companies are also greedy. All you have to do is look at the costs of drugs in any other country compared to ours to see that we're getting gouged. We're totally being milked by big business to further enrich their stockholders.
Lawsuits, however, become a factor when you look at the amount doctors pay for malpractice insurance. I'm in favor of our going to the British system of having personal injury and product liability lawsuits heard by a panel of judges. Then the cases would be decided by the law instead of by a jury's emotions. I remember cases I've seen like the one where a mother who used cocaine and heroin throughout her pregnancy had a baby with disabilities. She sued the obstetrician and the hospital because of the baby's problems. The jury felt sorry for her and the baby and gave her an 11 million dollar settlement. So we have here the insurance factor plus the lawsuit factor working together.
Red, I'm glad you brought up the doctor's situation, because a lot of people still think of doctors as having enormous incomes, and that isn't true now. My primary care provider is a member of Physicians for National Healthcare because she is tired of seeing patients who can't afford their prescript
ions and the treatments they need.
I'd just like to see a system where everyone has insurance coverage - paid, reduced fee or free, depending on their circumstances - and access to quality healthcare.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.