Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Canadian healthcare vs. US citizens who fight for care

The difference between Canadian and US healthcare. Canadians all put money into the healthcare pot.

Patients Want To Read Doctors' Notes, But Many Doctors Balk : NPR
npr.org - Patients have the legal right to see their doctor's notes, but actually getting them can be slow and expensive. Two new surveys say patients overwhelmingly want to read the notes. But doctors are much more dubious about the...

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My physician keeps his records on the computer and we look at it together. My visits to my doctor are free.

I realize that investigation a health issue may involve some trials and errors.
My last issue, a bought with poison ivy, was a huge mystery.

Eventually, we solved it.

This is the difference between our countries, and having universal healthcare. It isn't a battle to fight an insurance company for coverage for normal, common issues. Or fighting the US government. [Medicare denies a brain tumor drug after a patient moves] Or fighting US Medicare, for fair payments.

In the US, physicians can opt out of Medicare.
One writes:
I have talked some of my colleagues and some of my patients, and all of us are very upset about this. Some of my physician friends are really thinking this time about completing the necessary paperwork to stop accepting Medicare patients. How can any business (except government) run with such uncertainty as not finding a permanent fix to the broken current Medicare system. Patients will be unable to see their physicians, resulting in delayed care, increased hospitalization, and illness.



The patient reality of a Medicare payment cut



*US Medicare: Medicare is a social insurance program administered by the United States government, providing health insurance coverage to people who are aged 65 and over; to those who are under 65 and are permanently physically disabled or who have a congenital physical disability; or to those who meet other special criteria. Medicare in the United States somewhat resembles a single-payer health care system, but is not. Before Medicare, only 51% of people aged 65 and older had health care coverage, and nearly 30% lived below the federal poverty level.

Canadian healthcare: Approximately 99% of physician services, and 90% of hospital care, are paid by publicly funded sources, whereas almost all dental care is paid for privately. Most doctors are self-employed private entities.
Government of Canada, Health Canada. "Canada Health Act - Health Care System - Health Canada.

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