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Less Government is the Best Government
What Is Wrong With Our Current Health Care Delivery System and the Government Solution?
-by Scott Rohter, October 2011
This is a true story about a young woman of Asian origin, who is a first generation immigrant to the United States. She has learned very well how to manipulate the system to her advantage. She has three children, no husband, and no job. She is on government welfare and the Oregon Health Plan. Every time she has a headache in the middle of the night, she runs to the emergency room of the local hospital, where they provide her with the best care that your money can provide. One of her three children was born about twelve weeks premature, and continues to receive state of the art medical treatment at the taxpayers’ expense.
One night recently, she went to the hospital emergency room complaining of chest pains. The ER gave her an EKG that cost about $1,500, and they didn’t find anything wrong with her, and they sent her home. The next day she was still feeling bad, so she went to her own doctor, who determined without using any expensive tests, that she was having an asthma attack!
My question is this. Why did they give her an EKG at the hospital? Can’t they tell the difference between a heart attack and an asthma attack? Are the doctors at the emergency room that stupid, or is there something else going on here? Why did the ER order an EKG? Could it be that the hospital was afraid of getting sued if the ER had overlooked something, and an EKG hadn’t been prescribed? Were they practicing ‘defensive medicine’ because of legal concerns? Because they knew that the patient didn’t have any health insurance, were they also reasonably sure that they could get away with ordering an expensive EKG, because the government was paying for the bill?
This example illustrates both what is wrong with our current health care delivery system, and what is wrong with the concept of a government run health care system. It illustrates three points:
"The truth, the political truth, and nothing but the political truth.
A journalist has no better friend than the truth." - Scott Rohter