shawn_oneil wrote:But again, do you think people should be forced to buy something? If you refuse you will be jailed. This doesn't sound to American to me.
We are already doing this with taxes. We all pay in to Medicare and SS and if we don't we can go to jail.
I had a conversation with a physician with roots in India. He told me when you come to the hospital in India with chest pain you go one of two routes. They either rush you to the cath lab, perform angioplasty, use stents and if that doesn't work they move you to the OR for bypass or, if you don't have the cash, they hold your hand.
I think the heart of the problem here (no pun intended) is that we have a system that will not and should not turn anyone away. We deal with the life and health of people first and then worry about the financials. When people getting hurt without insurance the rest of us end up picking up the bill. Hospital reimbursements from Medicare are dependent on a lot of factors, one of them being indigent care. The hospitals with higher indigent care rates receive more $ from the feds to help keep them in the black. This won't change unless we either take steps to get everyone insured OR we simply not treat those that don't have the cash. The latter doesn't sound very American to me...