Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Letter From The Future Addressed To Obamacare

The classic problem with a single payer (Public option, AKA, government ran health care) systems is that cost often trumps care.

So what happens when diabetics need treatment and special shoes for their feet? Well, in Greece, when the cost reaches a certain point, it becomes a liability for the government to take care of everyone's feet who has diabetes. Instead of new shoes and regular treatment, amputation is the approved method.

This Saturday, one of Greece’s most respected newspapers, To Vima, reported that the nation’s largest government health insurance provider would no longer pay for special footwear for diabetes patients. Amputation is cheaper, says the Benefits Division of the state insurance provider

Quality of life? The Grecian government emailed me to say, "What's that?"

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