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    Millions Can't Afford to Go to the DoctorBy Tami Luhby | CNNMoney.com ? 15 hours ago







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    A growing number of Americans are skipping needed medical care because they can't afford it.
    Some 80 million people, around 43% of America's working-age adults, didn't go to the doctor or access other medical services last year because of the cost, according to the Commonwealth Fund's Biennial Health Insurance Survey, released Friday. That's up from 75 million people two years ago and 63 million in 2003.
    Not surprisingly, those who were uninsured or had inadequate health insurance were most likely to have trouble affording care. But 28% of working-age adults with good insurance also had to forgo treatment because of the price.
    Nearly three in 10 adults said they did not visit a doctor or clinic when they had a medical problem, while more than a quarter did not fill a prescription or skipped recommended tests, treatment or follow-up visits. One in five said they did not get needed specialist care.
    And 28% of those with a chronic condition like hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and asthma who needed medication for it reported they did not fill prescriptions or skipped doses because they couldn't afford to pay for the drugs.
    Even those with coverage find themselves shelling out more for deductibles and co-payments. The share of Americans with deductibles greater than $1,000 more than tripled between 2003 and 2012, reaching 25%.
    "Costs of health care have gone up faster than wages," said David Blumenthal, president of The Commonwealth Fund.
    The survey also found that 84 million people, nearly half of all working-age adults, went without health insurance for a time last year or had such high out-of-pocket expenses relative to their income that they were considered under-insured. That's up from 81 million in 2010 and 61 million in 2003.
    One bright spot in the report is that fewer young adults, those ages 19 to 25, were uninsured. The share fell to 41% in 2012, down from 48% two years earlier. That's due in large part to the Affordable Care Act, which allows young adults to stay on their parents insurance until age 26.
    All of those numbers should improve going forward as more health reform provisions take effect in 2014 -- primarily the state-based insurance exchanges, which are intended to offer affordable plans to those without work-based coverage.
    The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, will provide more coverage and cost protections, said Sara Collins, the study's lead author. Insurance plans offered through the state exchanges have to cover a suite of "essential" benefits, including maternity care and mental health services. They also limit the insured's out-of-pocket payments to no more than 40% of expenses.
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    I call Bullshit on Obamacare going to help this situation.
    Get the Big Pharma out of the government pocket that would be a start.

    Also cutting inflated prices charged to those who have insurance to cover the costs of those who do not would help too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jagbender View Post
    I call Bullshit on Obamacare going to help this situation.
    Get the Big Pharma out of the government pocket that would be a start.

    Also cutting inflated prices charged to those who have insurance to cover the costs of those who do not would help too.
    price controls like there are with medicare/medicade are what would reduce costs. no more padding the bills with unnecessary procedures just to increase revenue.

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    It would help a shit ton if Americans weren't subsidizing pharmaceuticals for the rest of the world. Prescriptions we pay hundreds for can be had elsewhere for single digit amounts in the local currencies.

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    The Myth of Obamacare's Health Care Cost Control

    Peter Suderman

    On Obamacare's third birthday last month, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius tried to pin recent slowdowns in health spending on the president's health care overhaul. "What's already in place," she said in an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, "is really beginning to help people."

    She went on to list a handful of the law's benefits and programs, and she finished with this: "What we're seeing," she said, "is costs really come down for the first time in a very long time. Medicare costs are significantly lower than they were. The cost trajectory is down."

    It is. But probably not, for the most part, as a result of Obamacare. A study released this week by the Kaiser Family Foundation notes that from 2009 to 2011, national health spending grew at its lowest rate since the actuary's office at Medicare began tracking such spending. But the report finds that about 77 percent of that decline in growth can be explained by the economic downturn. Some of the decline is a result of health system changes, not all of which are even necessarily part of the health law (the slowdown, after all, began in 2009 before the law was passed), but the vast majority of the slowdown is a result of the sluggish economy.

    As the report explains, "this has major implications for policy, since health spending growth is a major driver of federal and state budgets through the Medicare and Medicaid programs." The report expects spending to pick up again by the end of the decade.

    Obamacare, in other words, has not fixed the bulk of the health spending problem, nor resolved Medicare's financing woes. Which is perhaps why some of the same activists who originally told us that we should pass Obamacare because it would help control costs are now suggesting that, since we've passed Obamacare, it's now time to start thinking about how to control costs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaphod View Post
    It would help a shit ton if Americans weren't subsidizing pharmaceuticals for the rest of the world. Prescriptions we pay hundreds for can be had elsewhere for single digit amounts in the local currencies.
    that's because in the rest of the OECD governments negotiate prices while in the US the "free market" sets the prices. if the US government did the same then healthcare costs in the US could be greatly reduced. that and opening up the labor market in the medical field to bring wages down like they have in IT with their "free trade agreements", by allowing more foreign born doctors and nurses the cost of medical care in the US could be reduced by 25%.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LAM View Post
    that's because in the rest of the OECD governments negotiate prices while in the US the "free market" sets the prices. if the US government did the same then healthcare costs in the US could be greatly reduced. that and opening up the labor market in the medical field to bring wages down like they have in IT with their "free trade agreements", by allowing more foreign born doctors and nurses the cost of medical care in the US could be reduced by 25%.
    Is there anything you think the govt shouldn't do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swiper View Post
    Is there anything you think the govt shouldn't do?
    Contrary to conservative ideology, there is no such thing as a free market that is wholly divorced from laws, regulation and government. The market, as it exists, is a function of those property rights that were modified to exclude communal rights. The legal infrastructure of capitalism is what separates ownership from labor, and turns the marketplace into an inherently "owner friendly" institution.

    Government created this marketplace because it created the infrastructure that makes it possible. Government, therefore, has implicit authority over it.

    * once again you might want to try learning world history as it exists in reality. I would say you need to brush up on your understanding of comparative economics but since you don't understand how an economy works in your own country asking your to analyze foreign markets is completely out of your grasp as you obviously have no clue what the word deregulation means.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LAM View Post
    Contrary to conservative ideology, there is no such thing as a free market that is wholly divorced from laws, regulation and government. The market, as it exists, is a function of those property rights that were modified to exclude communal rights. The legal infrastructure of capitalism is what separates ownership from labor, and turns the marketplace into an inherently "owner friendly" institution.

    Government created this marketplace because it created the infrastructure that makes it possible. Government, therefore, has implicit authority over it.

    * once again you might want to try learning world history as it exists in reality. I would say you need to brush up on your understanding of comparative economics but since you don't understand how an economy works in your own country asking your to analyze foreign markets is completely out of your grasp as you obviously have no clue what the word deregulation means.
    um I'll try again. Is there anything gov shouldn't do?

    I know you're so far intellectually advanced than the rest of us, so please try to come down to our level so you can answer a simple question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LAM View Post
    your poor ass couldn't afford my mother, she could buy and sell your whole family.
    I beg to differ. :-)
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