Slagle Wed May 16th /
Collinsville Fireworks July 2nd /
Health Care Cost Letter
Shannon Marie Slagle and Jose Alfredo Chavez were married May 16,
2009, at the home of the brides parents in Owasso, OK.
Note: I've asked Cory if a larger image was available and will update this page if received. -- Ted 6/16
City of Collinsville Fireworks & Independence Day Celebration
WHEN: THURSDAY- JULY 2, 2009
FESTIVITIES WILL BEGIN AT 6PM
OTHER ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE GAMES, WATERMELON EATING CONTEST, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, AND CONCESSION STAND.
FIREWORKS AFTER DARK SO BRING LAWN CHAIRS & BLANKETS AND GET READY FOR A SHOW!!!!!
The Myth of Health Care Cost
Every politician and pundit has an opinion about health care reform and the effort to cover the uninsured. Most of them would have us believe that universal care will cost more and be less productive. We seem to have forgotten during this discussion that every other industrialized country has a universal health care system which costs anywhere from a third to three-fifths of our cost. The data shows we have more than enough money in the system to accommodate comprehensive health care for all citizens with better outcomes.
The first note of importance is that health care and health insurance are two separate entities. The second is that Medicare and the VA, both government systems, outperform the private health insurance community both in cost and outcomes.
Currently, health care providers and insurance companies are constantly at odds because of their respective profit motives while the health care consumer suffers from their lack of ability and coordination. Perhaps a strong consumer protection effort would be useful.
Hospitals have taken it on themselves to manage risk by cost shifting. Keep in mind these are people that have an 80 percent error rate on bills, have one medical error per patient day and charge the uninsured up to 308% of Medicare reimbursement. If they were doing a good job of cost shifting, we wouldnt see such drastic disparities in outcomes for the uninsured. Are they really qualified to underwrite risk?
Health insurance companies, on the other hand, have little community ethics and seem to be only responsive to the profit motive. There probably is a role, but its unlikely that it includes providing medically necessary health care in a universal system.
Some legislators tried this year to increase the percentage of premiums used for health care from 60 to 75 percent, but failed to get the votes. Its hard to imagine that a health insurance company needs a 40 percent margin when Medicare gets by with 2 percent. Another measure some legislators tried to pass this year was prohibiting insurance companies from paying bonuses to employees who can figure out how to cancel a policy when the insured individual needs to make a claim. Again the votes werent there.
For the highest priced health care system in the world, we should expect the best health care in the world. Sadly, we rank 15th out of 25 industrialized countries at twice the cost. As we continue to hear about reform, its important to keep in mind that special interests will try to convince us health care delivery will somehow be worse if they dont make big money. The truth is the special interests have to manipulate voters in order to continue a system which is too disorganized to be financially or medically efficient. Thats not fair to the rest of us.
For a full report on the waste and inefficiency in the health care system clink the link at the bottom of this column.
Sen. Jim Wilson