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HEALTH CARE: What we have isn’t a system

Letter by Beverly H. Berntson, University Place on April 4, 2012 at 11:27 am | 3 Comments »
April 4, 2012 1:48 pm

Re: Dr. Daniel J. Stone’s commentary, “Free-market health care is not what the doctor (or patient) ordered” (TNT, 4-3).

Four years ago, a family member died the same week he won an appeal for medicine his doctor requested. No, there are no death panels; but if there is one, it is not the government but the insurance company.

We do not have a health care system. We have a market that does not cover preconditions, so even though my family member bought insurance, it did not cover clinical depression, limiting how much care he could afford.

Later, working for a larger company that covered depression, the insurance company required the doctor to try numerous cheaper alternatives for a skin disease to avoid a very costly medicine. By the time he won the appeal, the disease had spread over most of his body.

How can we say we have a health care system when 40 million people have no insurance, when people with insurance are denied care and dropped, when a large number of bankruptcies are caused by health care bills? All this pre-election talk about health care being a decision between a patient and his or her doctor is just plain nonsense.

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