brni (brni) wrote,
brni
brni

an interesting conversation

...at the doctor's office today. We're looking at all the hoops necessary to get my shoulder actually looked at appropriately. This will require an MRI, which the insurance co may deny.

"So, what do you think about this whole health insurance reform thing?" I asked.

She sighed. "There's some good things and some bad things. But it would be nice if some money could go toward people's health in our own country, instead of being prioritized toward... other things."

But the main problem as she sees it is this: if everyone who needed medical assistance could get it, the whole health care infrastructure would collapse. There's simply not enough primary care physicians, and no incentive to enter the field. Before we can actually start providing health care to the people who need it, we need doctors for them to see. If we start seriously working on training more doctors in family medicine now, she said, we could start the process of treating more people in five years.
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