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Re: Wealth re-distribution
Post Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:33 am
Posted by tigertot on Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:33 am
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A large chunk of the population has health insurance - a bit like us so why would their behaviour be any different - sadly?


The figures I have read are that between 33-50 million Americans don't have health insurance - between half to 3/4 of our population. It is estimated 45,000 die as a result each year. They spend twice as much per capita on health than the world average but are ranked 34th in the healthiest countries in the world. Highly processed food & a lack of exercise are killers.
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Re: Wealth re-distribution
Post Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:44 pm
Posted by Sal Paradise on Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:44 pm
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tigertot wrote:
The figures I have read are that between 33-50 million Americans don't have health insurance - between half to 3/4 of our population. It is estimated 45,000 die as a result each year. They spend twice as much per capita on health than the world average but are ranked 34th in the healthiest countries in the world. Highly processed food & a lack of exercise are killers.


Completely agree - the point I was referring to is your assumption that because health care is very expensive people will take a different view to their lifestyle - its obvious they don't.
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Re: Wealth re-distribution
Post Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:33 pm
Posted by tigertot on Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:33 pm
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Sal Paradise wrote:
Completely agree - the point I was referring to is your assumption that because health care is very expensive people will take a different view to their lifestyle - its obvious they don't.


I think I was saying the opposite but as they haven't found a cure for memory loss I'm not sure.
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Re: Wealth re-distribution
Post Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:50 pm
Posted by Dally on Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:50 pm
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King Street Cat wrote:
I can't believe paying for missed appointments isn't already in place. It would recoup millions.

My wife works for the NHS, and people not turning up for appointments, or turning up late then demanding to be seen straight away is a regular occurrence.

People think that because it's a free service, there are no financial implications when they miss their appointments.

Yes, there will be implementation costs, and it will require a level of administration, but in a 24/7 digital age I would think there's a reasonably successful solution.

A big problem is the NHS unilaterally sending out appointment letters with no thought for whether the patient can make it. Although they have got better in many cases and liaise there are still many ludicrous examples. For example, a few months ago a letter arrived one morning saying my daughter had a hospital appointment at 2.00pm that day when they are aware she resides nearly 200 miles away and has to be collected! I and others I know have recently received short notice appointments via letter and the next day received a second letter changing the day by a couple of days. In fact, often receive two or three letters on the same day! My guess is this is deliberate so they can massage their stats / waiting lists by saying that people cancelled / didn't turn up?
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