Health care is one of the very most important decisions that a person will ever make in their lifetime. This not only can make a huge financial difference in your life but, in the final analysis, the skills of the Primary Care Physician, as the gate keeper to all other specialty care providers, is of paramount importance. Sadly, many folks do not see the PCP as highly essential as those doctors who have decided to specialize in a subcomponent system of our body. The Team is the true essential approach and the PCP is the quarterback of that team. It is the PCP who coordinates the efforts of the other doctors and often ties reports from various tests into an integrated whole view of your physical being.
Beyond being allowed to select the Team who will be providing your care... if you are allowed to have any choice at all. The other side of our political equation advocates for the 'one payer solution' which is like the forever challenged Veteran's Administration System. There are many fine physicians and deeply caring people within that system but it is run by politicians and is the second largest federal agency we have! The cannot even spell the name of the agency correctly. They insist that it is the Veterans Administration and if you will look a few lines above you will see, from a Veteran's point of view, what we feel President Abraham Lincoln would have insisted be hung on every building of that bloated agency. The medical and compassionate care for torn minds as well as sundered bodies require that it forever be the Veteran's Administration.
I strongly caution all citizens before leaping at the 'one payer' system of free Medicare for all to look at the Veteran's Administration closely. Look at their Inspector General's reports. Look at all of the cost overruns, the bungled operations, the problems getting critical care givers to fill the many empty slots while veterans wail patiently, many who have no other option but to rely upon the free care (like free medicare for all) given to we Veterans who signed that one huge blank check with no amount scribbled in the upper right hand corner when we signed the paperwork, raised our hands, and took our oath of office.
Every citizen, illegal trespasser in our country will wait in the same lines , out the door, around the block, and into the middle of the next quarter before we are able to secure an appointment. Then, when we arrive for that appointment, the time we get to spend with the doctor is rationed. There is no time to diagnose, research, to be sure. Your time is usually short and other patients are waiting. That is not a criticism of the fine people who try to help under trying conditions of small resources and great demands.
Free is not always such a great deal. I, every other Veteran, has paid for that care we try to assure ourselves, has the magic bullet for that which ails us.
Veterans often have disease conditions which are challenging to diagnose, we may wain for decades with the same complaints, wasting away before the eyes of our families as we beg, help me, can't you please help me? Our government has costs to consider; Agent Orange, the Atomic Veterans, Gulf War Syndrome, Burn Pit Ailment... the list is long and mysteries abound
Under these large, lumbering systems provided by the government, the few, the ones who fall through the crack, those who need that little bit more, he who does not squeak up loudly enough can be forgotten in the large crush of the daily grind which is hard upon the providers of the services as well as the people who are being served.
The Medicare system often does not deal fairly with the providers in a financial manner. Payments run late, are less than the care costs to deliver, leave too little margin for the hard working medical teams to find to be worth the effort of providing. We are going to have to face one huge harsh reality; health care is just too expensive to be free. Look around at Europe, look at Greece, they had to be bailed out by the rest of the European Union. How faires Russia, how fare the Russian people. Look nearer to our own clinics, at Canada, they have a fairly good system as systems of their type run. How long must you wait before your turn arrives for an MRI, a PET Scan, a surgery? If you are, say 68 years of age and are diagnosed with a certain fast moving ailment, is there time enough? Time enough to wait while the system churns its way toward your case, your turn under the knife?
Free, in a huge, impersonal system, ineffective at best, slow and ponderous, can be unaffordable to those who treasure their health.
I've a personal devotion to keeping the God given right of both personal self defense safe from government cycling from one extreme to the other. Once our Rights can be increased and decreased, 'given and taken' by our government, they stop being "Rights" at all.
The main reason we were guaranteed our God Given Rights by our founders is that they saw, first hand, the tyranny of government by A man, in this case the king of England, to take the Rights and Freedoms of all of his subjects. Our founders intended that never to be able to happen in America because every citizen was a free person with rights, the right to keep and bear arms. The government should know that their power comes from the people and that the people could take their power back at any time.
God given Rights are immutable, not chips to be tossed onto the table to be bargained with and they are not putty in the hands of international unelected buearucrats who do not understand America or Americans. This is our country, our blood flowed over these hills and washed down the streams. They are not welcomed to step upon our shores and dictate to us as they do to their own subjugated masses who beg for a crust and have no rights, even their own lives.