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Corporate Government Healthcare

Monday, September 8, 2008

For work, I bill Medicaids nationwide. It is rather interesting the amount of corporate red tape that a provider has to go through to get paid through a government health care program. No wonder the less fortunate among us don't have proper health care. No decent provider wants to go through all of the hassle to get paid by Medicaid. So the participants in these programs receive less than stellar care.

You want to make a case for universal health care, first take a look at the government sponsored health care we already have. What makes anyone think that universal health care is a good idea. The government can't manage to run Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and other such programs. Even when they contract with a commercial insurance group to administer their program, the commercial groups are so over-regulated that they can't possible help the patient either.

The answer is not to get government more entrenched in health care, but to get them out of it. I am for regulation, because there is always someone out there trying to take advantage. But some of our health care is so regulated that it raises the cost of doing business. Thus, you have spiraling health care costs that makes it unaffordable to many.

Second, we live in such a litigious society that we will sue for just about anything. The one place I am in favor of regulation is the malpractice end of things. You still have to be careful to not to regulate malpractice lawsuits so much that people can't get the compensation they deserve for damaged cause by poor medical care.


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