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Fun With Cost Cutting

Posted on 10 April 2011 by Editor

Originally posted 2009-08-21 21:20:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

. by Wenchypoo
. http://wenchwisdom.blogspot.com/
. August 12, 2009

Instead of installing The Complete Lives System of Ezekiel Emanuel through H-R 3200, why not do some basic things like:

1. Promote and adhere to the 5 Basics for Disease-Cutting.

2. Promote my own proposal items for health care coverage.

3. Quit covering illegal aliens and anchor babies–send them home instead.

4. End the fraud, waste, and abuse of Medicare funds.

5. Means-test us all for eligibility before automatically signing us up for Medicare–put an income limit on service access, and allow wealthy people to opt out of the system (and the taxes for it). Once a certain income level is achieved (say $250k/year), give the one-time choice to opt out and never return–at that income level, people can afford to save their own money for retirement health insurance needs.

6. Index the Medicare tax to income–if wealthy people decide to stay in the system, up their Medicare taxes accordingly.

7. Allow and encourage flat-fee plans: every doctor’s office should have a menu board with prices on it for office visits, annual physicals, maternity, well baby care, childhood immunization(s), childhood vaccinations, adult vaccinations, diabetes/hypertension checks, and other miscellaneous fees spelled out right there over the counter, so we know what we’re paying for and how much we’re paying, and can plan our spending and saving in advance.

8. Allow cash payment for fees and services–the charges are often less if they aren’t run through the grinder of insurance, saving the patient even more when combined with flat-fee programs. Doctors also receive their money right away, and not 30 days later.

9. Overhaul the drug patent rules so that more drugs can go generic faster. For example, Claritin spent 10 years as a brand-name drug just by adding a decongestant to it (now Claritin D) to extend the patent life. Many other drugs also extend patent lives by adding an antacid, a decongestant, or Tylenol to the original drug. Some heart or blood pressure medications combine with cholesterol drugs, and voila! A “new” drug is formed, and two patent lives are extended. End this practice.

10. Encourage the use of supplementation (not herbs) before reaching for Big Pharma guns, but then this would require doctors to brush up on their knowledge of supplements…as if they ever had any to begin with! Potassium citrate is an effective blood pressure lowering agent, and just as effective as many brand-name drugs. Calcium citrate or carbonate is an effective antacid, and a chromium picolinate/vanadium combination lowers blood sugar just as well as low-dose insulin. Fish oil is as effective as Plavix for clearing arteries, and fiber lowers cholesterol–also, niacinamide taken with 2 aspirin every day raises HDL. (There–I think I’ve cured most of ailing America with those last two sentences.)

Doctors are guilty of reaching for DRUG technology just as much as reaching for DIAGNOSTIC technology.

Then, when these are all done, we can move on to the biggest health care money-wasters.

Why does it always take an unemployed housewife to solve these problems? :)

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Wenchypoo writes for the Wenchwisdom blog

Article has been published with permission

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