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  1. Jan 17, 2010 #1
    How do you think the U.S. will cut medical cost?
     
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  4. Jan 17, 2010 #3
    About 2 weeks ago, estimates of costs of $2,400 per year for a 4 person family were being discussed. Now, last week, Obama raised the "Cadillac tax" base to begin at $24,000 per year (not counting dental and vision) for union members.

    My question is this, what kind of medical care do you receive for $2,400 versus a $24,000 union plan?
     
  5. Jan 17, 2010 #4
    are you comparing a base individual plan to a family cadillac plan?
     
  6. Jan 17, 2010 #5
    Links:

    http://healthcare.change.org/blog/view/does_the_new_senate_health_care_bill_get_the_job_done_pt_1 [Broken]

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/15/AR2010011503901.html
     
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  7. Jan 17, 2010 #6
    They're both tax payer subsidized - so yes - except the $2,400 is for a family of 4 under the Senate plan.
     
  8. Jan 17, 2010 #7
    that's not the point. one plan has more people in it, so it makes the discrepancy in cost wider. if you don't compare an individual to an individual plan, the comparison is invalid.
     
  9. Jan 17, 2010 #8
    Our posts have over-lapped. Both plans cover a family of 4 persons.
     
  10. Jan 17, 2010 #9
    oooohhh, OK. yeah, from what i understand, the Senate has a MAJOR cadillac plan and are ridiculously well-covered.

    fwiw, i think it's a bit silly that they're doing this. all it does really is highlight that government workers are the worst "offenders" when it comes to spending "too much" on healthcare. so... let's ration healthcare not by government fiat, but by using a sin tax (like we do with cigarettes and alcohol) and while we're at it, let's exempt all our political friends. it's just a big disaster in the making, IMO.
     
  11. Jan 17, 2010 #10

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    The UK or Japan's ?
     
  12. Jan 17, 2010 #11
    Actually, the $24,000 per year plans I'm referring to are the UAW plans that Obama has agreed not to tax. The $2,400 per year plans are the ones being offered to families making less than $88,000 per year and subsidized under pending Senate legislation.

    As for the plans the Senators enjoy - I don't know their cost - has to be VERY high.
     
  13. Jan 17, 2010 #12
    Eliminate choice, ration care, and cut fee schedules.
     
  14. Jan 17, 2010 #13
    How about asking for prof of insurance or citizenship to provide anything over stabilization care (they do this in Europe). Also changing HIPA rules so first responders all the way up to specialists can report fraud in any government health assistance program. And the last big one tort reform.
     
  15. Jan 18, 2010 #14
    We have that system now. I think they have a new plan.

    Individual mandates, salaried doctors, digital records, focus on regular healthcare and maintenance instead of reacting to health crisis', etc.
     
  16. Jan 18, 2010 #15
    It seem obvious to me that this is the one and only way to lower cost.

    And then there would be the free system that you pay for yourself in parallel. That is beggars have no choice.

    So the question is how low do we want to lower government medical cost? 5% of GPD? Higher? Lower?
     
  17. Jan 18, 2010 #16
    Japan spends ~8% of GDP on healthcare. And they have a much higher life expectancy than the US, which spends ~16%

    If we can get it to 12% GDP, which is closer to average, that would be a $500 billion a year reduction.

    It is quite telling that when the prescription drug bill was passed by the Republicans, I don't recall much of a conservative outcry. Not only did they not pay for it, they didn't tell us the true cost until after it became law.

    So after giving a trillion dollars away to the drug companies, now they argue that the only way to save money is to:
    Surely there are other ways.

    It is sad that the Republicans have decided that power is more important than obligation and have refused to participate in an honest debate. The true conservatives are moderate Democrats, and IMO they are getting their way. The progressive Democrats made the initial compromise, substituting a public option for single payer. Then the Senate moderates eliminated the public option.

    So what we end up with will not please anyone but the insurance companies. But it will cover more people and should help, but it is IMO a minor retrofit, when what is required is a major overhaul.
     
  18. Jan 18, 2010 #17
    We all hope so.

    What are some of these?
     
  19. Jan 18, 2010 #18
    the japanese have a fee schedule. docs may charge X for Y service, and not more.
     
  20. Jan 18, 2010 #19
    Your provider doesn't?
     
  21. Jan 18, 2010 #20
    I hate having to repeat myself in a thread.
     
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