Originally Posted by EMH1701
The problem I have with the govt. running things is not only am I Libertarian, but they tend to screw things up more than they actually do it properly. When our govt. becomes like the Vogons in Hitchhiker's Guide, requiring the sick person to fill out a form in triplicate and having it signed by umpteen people, it will take months and months before anything actually happens. By that time, the sick person in question will either be well again or dead from lack of treatment, and the govt. won't have to spend any money. That is how it will eventually become.
But you do know that the Vogons are a fictitious group, right? And that the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a work of fiction?
And have you ever tried to get a procedure covered by an insurance company? I promise you that it's not far from what you describe. I have patients who need pre-authorization for various procedures and time is of the essence. It takes weeks, if not months, to get through the red tape and paperwork and hours of physician time to talk to the insurance company reps to justify the procedure. Meantime, the patient's condition deteriorates.
I'm not saying the government will be perfect at managing health care. No organization is. But leaving it in the hands of the insurance companies sure isn't working. Even for those who have insurance, it can be a nightmare. And that's IF you can get insurance. Which, for many of the people on this site, is a huge "if".