Why didn’t Nikki White have any type of health care?
She had a pre-condition (?)
too much money to qualify for welfare healthcare; too little to pay for doctor visits and medicines.
How/why has the US answered a “basic moral question” differently than other affluent world economies? •
Basic Moral Question: should we guarantee medical treatment to everyone who needs it? Or, should we let some people die from a lack of access to healthcare? •
How: we have a system where not everyone has access to healthcare. •
20,000 die every year for no healthcare
Hundreds of thousands (800,000) go bankrupt yearly due to medical bills. •
Why: issue gets lost in shouting on platforms – politics; socialism; capitalism; etc…
What was the diagnosis for Reid’s shoulder in the US? What were the pros and cons of the procedure? •
Total shoulder arthroplasty, procedure # 080.81 on NCHS roster •
Pro-May give normal movement
Cons: May not give normal movement; risks of major surgeries - disease, Paralysis, or death.
Why would someone say that the US has the best health care system in the world? Why would someone say the US doesn’t have the best system? •
Best because best research; best doctors; best medicines developed here; best facilities; •
Not Best because: not available to all; too costly; too complicated. Despite all the best, we have lower statistics; lower life expectancy; higher infant mortality; lower recovery rates from major disease than other developed nations.
What is “socialized medicine?” Why does the term scare us? •
Healthcare system that is universal, affordable and effective – that is, medical and hospital care for all at a nominal cost by means of government regulation of health care and subsidies derived from taxation. managed by government thru taxation •
Scary: no one can really define it or understands it; Resulting fear of “big govt”;
What are the four basic health care models presented in the book?
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