Posts Tagged ‘health insusrance’

A Shortage of Health Care Professionals

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Now that we have new mandates for health care coverage, one of the few uncontested facts is that more people will be receiving more health care for longer periods.

One of the problems which exists already and will only be exacerbated by all the additional mandated health care is the shortage of health care professionals. One of the ways groups try to exert control of situations is by controlling who is qualified to participate in the actions surrounding that situation.

Having a background in the New York construction industry, I have first hand knowledge how it is possible for certain groups of people to control the number of qualified individuals who can perform a task. Although they claim this is done to keep quality and safety standards high, it is very easy to see how this also kept wages and working conditions high, and political power concentrated in the status quo.

My suggestion to ease the shortage of health care professionals is for the government to offer some kind of Health Corps program in which qualified individuals will receive and satisfactorily complete their necessary education and training; and, in return, they will be required to pay back their benefactor (the American people) by agreeing to work for a certain time period for a lower wage than what is normal for their field, agree to perform services for free and to do these things where they are needed the most.

Notice, I did not talk about the existing standards. I am not enough of an expert to know what can be safely and rightfully changed. However, I have seen enough doctors to know that the existing standards do not guarantee every professional is worthy of their profession; and, that certain people who are excluded from the licensing process for any of several reasons could easily do a better job than some of the existing professionals.

By allowing more people to be financially able to enter the training without sacrificing the necessary safeguards, our country can have the services of more and possibly better health care professionals at a lower cost.

Everyone would be ahead of the game except those whose political power and/or financial rewards may not be as great as the status quo guarantees.

Governnment Health Care–III

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Here’s some more questions for you:

  • What is the difference between federal Flood insurance and federal health care?
  • What is the difference between Florida’s state run home insurance program for those who cannot get private home insurance and a state or federal health care insurance?
  • What is the difference between FDIC bank deposit insurance and federal health care insurance?

    It seems to me that the only difference is that people think that they are entitled to get help protecting their investments and are not entitled to get help protecting their health and/or lives.

    We seem to be very comfortable with getting government help protecting our assets; and, very uncomfortable with getting the same help for health care.

    What does this say about us as human beings? Where and when did we get this set of priorities and values?

  • Government Health Care–II

    Thursday, December 10th, 2009

    I keep hearing news reports about how many people are upset because some local government agency or court has decided it is wrong for a secular nation to display Christmas decorations because of their relationship to Christianity.

    So again, I have to ask how can a person want the “fun stuff” and chose to ignore the Real Essence of their religion by refusing to acknowldge that Christ would have been in favor of Universal Health Care! And if you think I can’t prove that statement and chose to ignore that fact, then just ask yourself why did most of Christ’s miracles deal with healing people instead of giving riches, land, power, etc?

    Government Health Care

    Friday, December 4th, 2009

    I have to say that I can’t believe all the nonsense I hear concerning what will happen if there is an option to chose a government run Health Care Plan.

    We all know that every single private health care insurance company is against this option. Now perhaps I am being simplistic; but, I see this as a case of the enemy of my enemy might be my friend. If we put aside this particular question, may I ask the last time you truly believed your health insurance company was doing something that was against its own interests just because it valued your interests above its own?

    If you are even remotely like me, that thought has never even enter your head in order to provide a good laugh.

    Next problem: I want the ability to chose my own options for my health care.

    Now, I believe this is a problem for anyone until we get to the very high cost procedures some serious illness may call for. So my first question is: What makes you think your present insurance company will OK everything you may wish for? What do you think will happen once you hit your maximum life time limit?

    How about getting the approval for an experimental treatment? Usually, no way.

    How do you feel about paying for people who get enrolled in the public option? Do you think it is fair?
    Well, I have a few questions concerning that also.

    We keep hearing this is a Christian nation. Well, for me, one of the defining statements of Christianity attributed to Christ is: If you have two coats and your neighbor needs one, give him one. I guess the confusion lies in the fact that an insurance policy or medical treatment does not resemble a coat. So I have to ask, how is this different?

    What about all the scams that people pull on the insurance companies that end up raising our premiums? How about paying for someone else’s sport injuries, STDs, health problems caused by obesity, smoking, salt, sugar, fried foods, old age, youth, drinking, not sleeping enough and any kind of damaging behavior that you don’t participate in? Why should you have to pay for that? Aren’t those factors totally different than being poor, uneducated, born to the wrong set of parents (or parent)? Don’t they all end up raising your health care premiums?

    And although this is not really directly related to this health care debate, since it does concern health care and insurance premiums, I want to ask: why should we pay for the health care of injuries sustained because of or made worse because of speeding in an automobile? Why don’t we exempt insurance companies from having to pay for any injuries to the occupants of a car that are the result of an accident in which that car was speeding?

    It seems to me that if we do not want to pay for another person’s health care, we shouldn’t.
    What do you think?

    If you can answer any of these questions for me, I would greatly appreciate it.

    In the meantime, I would like to see this country lighten up.