http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/11/18/go ... latestnews
45 million Americans suffered mental health issues last year. That is 20% of the population.
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Health_Car ... 059&page=1
As the United States continues debating expanded health care access, the state of Arizona has begun rationing some care it says it cannot afford to give its poorest residents. Beginning on Oct. 1, Arizona's Medicaid program, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, stopped covering seven types of organ transplants, including heart transplants for non-ischemic cardiomyopathy, lung transplants, pancreatic transplants, some bone marrow transplants and liver transplants for patients with hepatitis C.
The reductions made by the Arizona state government were approved by the federal government, according to an Aug. 11 letter from Gloria Nagle, associate regional administrator for the Division of Medicaid & Children's Health Operations. In addition to limiting organ transplants, Arizona also restricted coverage of prosthetics and zeroed out podiatrists' services, preventive dental services, and wellness and physical exams for adult Medicaid enrollees.
Costs for liver transplants can exceed $500,000, so it is not feasible for Banner to absorb the $12 to $15 million in costs associated with 23 procedures."
Meanwhile, Randy Shepherd has been trying to find another way to obtain a new heart. In January, he'll qualify for Medicare disability insurance. But whereas the AHCCCS program would have covered 100 percent of his transplant if it had been performed before the Oct. 1 changes, Medicare only covers 80 percent, leaving him with "between $100,000 and $120,000 that we have to raise privately."
ok so first of all, we have here a death panel right? AZ ran out of money to pay for free healthcare and decided that some people are not going to get the care they need.
now... since healthcare reform was passed, this all goes away in 2 or 3 years right? Everyone will be insured, there will be enough money taxed away to provide all healthcare for all people right? By definition since if costs go up, everyone will just pay more to make up for the difference right? Everything medically necessary will be covered right? million dollar a year cancer drugs and treatments for 85 year olds, transplants for smokers and alcoholics, Octomom, breast reconstruction for breast cancer survivors, mammograms that are scientifically proven not to improve outcomes. Now add in everything related to mental health (I believe the reform act requires "parity" for behavioral/mental health treatment, if not in the act, the courts are increasingly treating mental health treatment the same as medical treatment). Pretty soon, we'll be like Denmark or France or some European country that gives mothers 6months to 1 year off after a birth, tummy tucks, boob jobs and personal trainers / coaches to help them get back into shape.
It ain't going to work, someone has to pay for it and you can't just keep raising taxes.
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