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National Health Plans

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about National Health Plans
I did an entire series called Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about National Health Plans ….and maybe more It was located at http://www.economicpopulist.org/?q=content/everything-you-ever-wanted-know-about-national-health-plans-and-maybe-more
You can check it out.

To keep things unbiased 98% of my information was from Europe. I posted the negatives, the taxes, the black market for doctors, the German two tiered system and more.

I didn’t know it was not a site that was balanced with both Dems and Reps. I thought it was a site about economic discussions. I was attacked time and time again. They said my sites weren’t valid (ever though they would never give footnotes to prove me wrong); they said it was anecdotal evidence, etc. Apparently it is mostly a Dem site.

I have decided you can show people thruth but they can still live in denial. From Canada to Taiwan and the UK, all their universal plans are deep in debt and going deeper. They have all been cutting back on services, raising taxes, copays, etc.

I predict that just as the over extended credit melt down came, eventually the European universal plans will not exist. They can’t. Their path is clear that they either change or go broke.

AND Obama wants us to follow them. Hello….is there anybody in there?

Our health system also needs changes. I don’t have a problem with a health safety net but I don’t want that net to be a hammock. American’s were once self reliant . I don’t think when you are in the health safety net that you get a Cadillac health plan. Give people a reason to get off the safety net.

Taiwan is actually pointed to as a model plan, a working plan.

Here is an example of what you will see about Taiwan’s health debt:
Since 1998, however, the NHI’s expenditures have outstripped its revenues. Over the entire period 1995–2001, NHI revenues increased at an average annual rate of 4.26 percent, while expenditures increased at 6.26 percent.58 The large cash reserves accumulated during the first three years were used to cover the deficits for the period 1998–2002. By mid-2002 the cash reserve had dwindled to less than a month’s expenditure, forcing the BNHI to borrow from banks to the tune of NTD$50 billion a month (about one-sixth of total monthly expenditures) to pay claims. The NHI has addressed this shortfall in several ways.

Do we want this?
Ta-Fu Huang, chairman of the DoH’s Quality Commission, has written extensively about Taiwan’s medical culture of the “three-minute patient visit” with physicians that is typical of doctors in Taiwan. That fee-driven practice style may lead to misdiagnosis, improper treatment, or delays in proper treatment.

According to the previously cited chairman of the DoH Quality Commission, “When patients in Taiwan are faced with life-threatening illnesses, although their economic burden is reduced [by the NHI], the probability of their losing their lives is several times greater than it is in the U.S.

Coupled with the PF system of rewarding hospital-based doctors, permitting hospitals to profit from the sale of drugs leads to a serious conflicts of interest, as it invites the over medication of patients, including a perilous over medication with antibiotics. According to a December 2002 study report by the DoH, close to half of the doctors in Taiwan prescribe four to five drugs per visit for upper respiratory infections, and 10 percent prescribe more than eight drugs

Maybe if possible I’ll try a blog here and give the same series of plans. Perhaps I will get some feed back instead of denial.