In the 1950s, unemployment was low and most families had private insurance. Then came Medicare and Medicaid, government programs created to “help” the poor and elderly, help via tax dollars from the public. In a bad economy, the public cannot afford to “give” or be taxed any more to provide these free services. Hospitals are going out of business, and doctors are going broke and closing their practices. The answer is charity — to have communities take care of their own needy. The other keys to saving your own money on health care are to not rely on the government (or another third-party-payer) by paying cash, and having a catastrophic insurance plan for big ticket items.
For patients who wish to save cash by not paying monthly premiums to an insurance company, MediBid is here to assist you in locating a doctor who will treat you well and in a timely manner, without the need for any paperwork or insurance approval.
A Physician’s Solution to Healthcare
Written by Alieta Eck, M.D. Thursday, 26 July 2012
Whatever happened to Healthcare? Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, a hospital in central New Jersey, recently closed its doors after 130 years of operation. Though this seemingly equated to a failure in private provision of healthcare, this actually represented a colossal failure of government, as mandates coupled with inadequate funding for Medicare, Medicaid, and “charity care” left this hospital with an apparently unsolvable dilemma: It could not pay its bills.
How did we get there? Muhlenberg’s website explained that the hospital emerged from the efforts of seven volunteers who were deeply touched by a local train accident in 1876. After a physician had to perform surgery by candlelight at a nearby freight house, these individuals set out to build a community hospital. They raised funds from their neighbors, friends, and philanthropists who cared about the well-being of area families. The government had nothing to do with it, except to make things as easy as possible for these good people to succeed in their mission.
Read full article at: http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/12157-a-physician%E2%80%99s-solution-to-healthcare