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    Yes maybe "lurid" was the wrong word to use, as some said the Guardian is not known as a sensationalist paper.

    The Guardian article does though tend to ouline the shortcomings of a medical system where there is no levy paid by all tax payers to fund a nation wide health system. Sure like us in AU you will be levied or taxed to fund a system whereby all of us are covered 100%. What private health cover gives us here is your choice of doctor and a private room with a bigger TV and uglier nurses. We pay 2% of our taxable income whether you are a millionaire or a poor underappreciated camera person. Many medical practices bulk bill. In other words you produce your Medicare card, they swipe it, you sign, job done. They get paid by the government. I've always wondered why in the States medical costs are so high and why so many people are totally without medical cover. Why is this? Vested interests in the private sector I guess? IMHO Health care should not be commercialized. No person, corporation or country should look to make a profit out of health services. Sure it might sound a bit altruistic to say this but in reality is there any fairer way to deliver equal health quality to all other than make all who can pay i.e. tax payers pay for a universal health system? Or does that sound to socialist to many of you? Feel I'm getting onto dangerous ground here as these views can be perceived as political so I'll stop.

    As an outsider it's just a massive sadness to see a country that so many other countries look to for for global leadership, organizational ability, preparedness and inspiration have such a tough time over these demanding times. Stay distant stay well folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamedia.uk View Post
    No, it is because Hydroxychloroquine doesn't work and has caused deaths in the USA.
    Do you mean the one certifiably crazy lady that fed herself and her husband fish tank cleaner (totally different compound of chloroquine) with no medical advice, consequently poisoned themselves, and then got written up in certain media as an “orange man bad” warning? HCQ has existed for half a century, and it’s side effects in clinical use are limited to possible retinal damage with prolonged dosage. There's one contraindication if the patient is on metformin. I have zero clue why a huge swath of people are virulently resistant to even seeing if it works as preliminary data suggest it may. Ok... I know why drug companies itching to sell something new, proprietary, and expensive are resistant, but reasonable people?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mothmachine View Post
    How is it that US healthcare is the most expensive anywhere and yet many hospitals struggle to stay in the black?
    3 words...Medical Malpractice Insurance.


     

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyvideo View Post
    I don't know how much overseas coverage you guys are reading but we are seeing some rather lurid reporting re the state of affairs in the States. What sort of reactions do you guys have to conments in articles like this.

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    https://www.theguardian.com/news/dat...Verp3TxGYMG3VI
    The easiest way to understand the reporting in the US is to understand that almost all of the news has become extremely partisan. The more respected institutions have become part of the resistance against the Trump administration and any federal or state authority that appears to be working with him. Then, there is Fox News and some more fringe news sites that try to encourage people to like what Trump is doing. Even if news isn't related to the Trump administration, it will somehow be painted that way. News that isn't related to the Trump administration is generally ignored. Although their editorial content is on the Trump side, I find Real Clear Politics to be the best way to sort through the current narratives being pushed. It basically gives a list of various opinion pieces directly contradicting each other from either side of the partisan divide.

    The Guardian is very much a part of the resistance. Personally, when I see articles like the one you posted from the Guardian, I just lose respect for the resistance narrative. Those illustrations are bizarrely dumbed down. The point seems to be that the US has less per capita hospital beds than the average "developed" economy. Here is an article comparing the number of critical care beds per capita. https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmc.../#762f61097f86. Only Germany comes close in the ability to care for critically ill patients.


     

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpreston View Post
    The Guardian is very much a part of the resistance. Personally, when I see articles like the one you posted from the Guardian, I just lose respect for the resistance narrative. .
    But the Guardian is a British paper. And the shortcomings of the medical system long predate Trump. Doesn't seem like a resistance piece to me.

    What American isn't embarrassed by the pictures of nurses wearing garbage bags for protection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soarprod View Post
    3 words...Medical Malpractice Insurance.
    That is one that a lot of people don’t think about. Your average doctor’s annual malpractice insurance can run from 4-5 figures with “high risk” dr’s(like surgeons, obstetricians, anesthesiologists, etc.) well into the 5-6 figures. And we all know how litigious the US is.

    As much as I dislike the government being more involved in anything, I think at some point a ‘single payer’ system is going to have to happen, here. Our current system is just unsustainable. I’ve been fortunate and have had insurance continuously from the day I was born, but the country is full of people that don’t have it, because they can’t afford it or if they do have it, they can’t afford to actually use it, because the coverage is so bad. I had a friend that I grew up with lose a foot and part of the leg up to his knee about a year or so ago. He had become diabetic and couldn’t afford his insulin, either because he couldn’t afford insurance or his insurance was so bad he just couldn’t afford the co-pay for his prescriptions. Insulin is not a drug that you can ration out(in the traditional sense) and only take every other day to make it last longer.

    Sorry for the slight diversion, but it’s just one of the countless tales of our broken healthcare system here. And unfortunately, the decisions about our health care insurance, policies and laws are made by those that are covered by a separate “insurance” system unavailable to anyone else.


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