Are we really going to let our fear keep us with the “status quo”? Don’t we owe it to ourselves and our brothers and children to build a stronger more compassionate health care system? One where a catastrophic illness will not bankrupt us? One where we don’t put our livelihood in the hands of corporate giants? We DESERVE this!!!

Shining a light on a corrupt system

I hear some people say that medicare for all can’t happen as it would require tax increases and the average person wouldn’t be for that idea. Do me a favor. Look at your latest paycheck and see what you have paid in health insurance. Insurance which, by the way, may or may not cover you according to if you met the insurance companies ” criteria”. Now imagine no part of your check was deducted for health insurance. Are you feeling better about the idea of a tax raise?

In no other venue would we be ok with paying for something and potentially not getting it. Imagine going to the grocery, filling your cart, settling up with the cashier. Then she says ” let me call my manager over here to see if you can take this food home.”

I know people are afraid of change, but sometimes it takes a big move to see big change for the better

What healthcare for the very, very rich looks like

compassionate healthcare is a right and not a privilege

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I am sitting down the dinner table from a wealthy man when I hear him describing a term I have never heard before: concierge medicine. “$1,200 a month,” he explains, “and worth every penny. If I get sick on a holiday or a Sunday, my doctor answers his phone. Same-day appointments, prescriptions filled in an hour, no waiting for a nurse to call you back.”

Looking up and down the table, I expect surprise, some pushback, but nobody balks, so I go back to picking at my salad, calculating the value of $14,000 a year before taxes. Then I picture myself calling Dr. Lu or Dr. Charlene at home on Christmas morning. It’s me, my throat hurts, are you busy?

Money might not buy happiness, but for the wealthy it buys … and I feel I…

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I just don’t get it

In my state of Kentucky medicaid exchange recipients do not have skilled health care benefits. This is one of the most marginalized segments of our society. Subacute care is not a covered benefit but acute rehab is? Seriously?There would seem to be a huge cost advantage to making subacute care available to this population

today at work I was baffled that an insurance company was denying precert for a bone marrow transplant as ” all the criteria” had not been met. It is easy to sit behind a desk and click criteria on your computer, but when did we lose compassion for our fellow human beings? And I got an email that I should have pended a case to the doctor yesterday and not approved it. It was a 2 yr old with a hematocrit of 4.7. This is such a game. We are just pending cases to justify physician adviser salaries. And yes I am totally aware my job should not exist. However I do believe these patients need an advocate who will stand up for their best interest.

the word “healthcare” is a misnomer

I admit I don’t have all the answers, but healthcare in this country is a farce. And I say that as someone who has worked for several years in managed care. To believe these large corporations care about anything but the bottom line is so wrong. It makes no sense that someone behind a mahogany desk decides if you need your ER visit or that chemo drug that could save your life. A price is being put on people’s lives, and we are all accepting it. I know some people say they are not for socialized medicine because it could lead to death boards/ conferences. Are physician advisers that different??