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The Debate Continues...Healthcare

I have a Professional Healthcare type class this semester and recently we've been studying healthcare models. A few weeks ago we looked at the way the U.S. "system" works and all the for-profit and non-for-profit nuances. With all the recent changes that will certainly be coming with this new presidency, our professor decided that we should know what else is out there beyond the borders of our own country.

Personally, I am torn and I'm not sure where I stand. Dan is one of the uninsured people in America--finding insurance for him, despite the fact that he is in perfect health, is something that would cost easily half of his income for the year. And that insurance would still have high co-pays. Even my insurance is rather pricey, despite being under a school program. If anything major were to happen to either of us--Dan without insurance, or me with--it would still likely crush us financially as our coverage isn't great and the portion of a staggering bill that would be our responsibility to pay would flip us into bankruptcy. So, we continue to pray and put our trust in Him who is bigger than tragedy, hospital, bill, or bankruptcy. And when more affordable insurance comes with my job, we will be good stewards of what He's given us and be sure to get it.

Anyway, here is the link to a video was watched in class. It's by Frontline and was made just before the elections, so it's pretty recent. The video is broken up into chapters, but the whole thing is probably abot 45 minutes long. It's certainly food for thought and from getting my taste of the American Healtcare "system" there are things that I am certainly jealous of not having here in the U.S. (the focus on prevention and that card that you'll see in the Korea section...you have NO idea how much easier those two things would make my life!) Enjoy and struggle through the pros and cons!This is from my visit to see the Nicaraguan healthcare system on a missions trip. Very fun, but definitely not what we're talking about here!

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  1. Paige,
    I am looking forward to watching the video. I want to do it when chores are done and things are quiet so it will be a bit later today. However, I wanted to share about our dr here in Tennessee. This dr. does not accept any insurance. He will file for you, but he will charge you to do that. When you walk in his office, you know what the cost will be based on the procedure. Think going to a restuarant and choosing which item you want. It is all laid out on the front of his office wall. He will set broken bones, stitch up cuts, cut out cysts or ingrown toenails, do paps or cholesterol checks. He pretty much offers the basic healthcare and a bit more. He will NOT do anything he is uncomfortable doing. If the bone needs a orthopedic surgeon, he will be the first to tell you that you need to go elsewhere. He is upfront and honest. Now get this...his prices are dirt cheap. For Seth to go to him to get an ear infection taken care of it cost $40. That is a complete exam and a prescription. It cost another $20 to have the prescription filled at the pharmacy. He uses generic prescriptions when possible because he knows he is dealing with mostly people without insurance. I have never waited in his office more than 15 minutes to see him. We have NEVER spent over $75 for any office visit. My entire family uses him because he knows us personally and we trust him. He is honest and he offers fair prices. Even when we had full coverage insurance that would pay for ALL of our dr. visits, we still chose to go to Dr. Berry (and pay for it out of our pocket) because at other offices I would have to wait 2 to 4 hours. I can run into Dr. Berry's office and get in and out in about 30 minutes. There are also no appointments required although he does offer appointments for people who have regular check up needs. He is a wonderful dr. that we trust. He was written about in the Wallstreet journal, and just last year 20/20 did a segment on him. His clinic is called PATMOS Emergency Clinic. We are so blessed to have him serving here in our community.
    grace and peace,
    julie

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  2. Actually, I think that the whole insurance thing is the problem with the U.S. form of healthcare. As Dan puts it, you have a commodity that you need and that necessity forces you to "buy" it--but there are NO price tags until later on when you get the bill! Honestly, I think my conscience would be best eased by working for a Doc like Dr. Berry. I don't think making our government even more pervasive in our daily lives is the answer--I certainly haven't been impressed with it's retirement plan or education system! And both of those programs are already operating well in the red and will be a burden on myself and my childrens' generations.

    The video is food for thought and a jumping off point for discussion. Although I see good in it, I don't think that it would be a feasible option in the U.S. We are just a very different country than some of the rich European or Asian countries... this is a case where one size (socialized health care) would very likely not fit all.

    By the way, I did e-mail Dr. Berry randomly as an encouragement to him for being an example of another way of doing things. I'm certain that the path he's chosen has not been an easy one. And btw, next time you see him, you might let him know there's a PA student looking to settle down long-term in eastern TN who will need a job in a year--and thinks he's on to something! ;)

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