So, I’ve been thinking about this subject for months now. Having been a “poster child” of our public healthcare system at different points in my life, I feel I must speak or forever hold my peace regarding this.
Since Barack Obama proposed health care legislation, I’ve been watching with trepidation to see how it would stand up to attempts by many states to challenge the fledgeling law. So far, it has weathered the test of the US Supreme Court with very little change. I have very mixed feelings about this, as I suspect most US citizens do.
There is one thing that bothers me. It bothers me so much that I decided I had to write about it. It’s this: the system upon which we’re building has some very serious, deep flaws that must be rectified if the US healthcare system is ever going to be a functioning, useful tool. For one, we have the problem with Medicaid. And it’s a big problem. I was one of those kids who relied on Medicaid for most of my childhood. I’m grateful that we had it, since without it I would have been completely uninsured (or insured for an exorbitant cost.)
The problems with Medicaid are practical. First, when I was a child, I recall very clearly the many phone-calls my caregiver had to make in order to find even ONE doctor who would accept my insurance. And I don’t blame the doctors. They have to make a living, and having more than a small percentage of patients with Medicaid is a money losing venture (and an exercise in mountains of paperwork as well.) So, it was difficult to say the least, and this healthcare was not anywhere near the quality of care I think most Americans have come to expect.
Second, I don’t know if you all are aware of how limited this particular type of healthcare really is. For example, I have a family member who is in need of psychiatric help. This person has Medicaid and was told they were allowed only five visits with a therapist under Medicaid rules. FIVE visits?!? Are you kidding me??? It seems to me that anyone who actually needs to see a therapist shouldn’t be told from the beginning that their issues better be resolvable in less than five hours, which is what they basically said. This just ticks me off. Really.
I am glad that something has been done to at least address the ridiculous situation we have here in this country when it comes to healthcare. It’s just that the system upon which we’re building has some major flaws that need addressing. Otherwise, a whole hell of a lot of people will be getting a form of care that doesn’t even pretend to actually “care”.