Time to Take This Seriously and Protect Yourself While You are Still in Control
The best medicine is critical thinking.
As businesses are already taking measures to protect themselves against ObamaCare, some businesses that had inhaled the unicorn dust early on, we all need to sit down and seriously evaluate what will happen to our own medical comfort zones, and include a conversation with our doctors. I admit to falling asleep at night wondering if my husband will come home from work to tell me his employer has made drastic measures to cut healthcare to employees. Talk to your boss/employer about all of this.
For all the breathless liberal democrat candidates' exacerbations every election against conservative republican opponents that if elected abortion will be sent back into the sinister black market of coat hanger cluttered, filthy, dank alleys the results of ObamaCare could very well be just as bad for average taxpaying American citizens as it digs deeper and deeper into our personal and private heathcare freedoms and decisions. I had this discussion with my own family physician a year ago. I certainly can see medical black markets setting up in this country where people will pay cash to have medical procedures and surgeries done that are either being grossly delayed or refused under the government's complete control. Don't doubt me. It will happen. There is a black market for everything else, drugs, guns, expensive designer fashions, moonshine... Why not that 75 year old grandfather's heart bypass surgery the ObamaCare death panel (IPAB) said his doctor was not permitted to perform on him? Or that lifesaving or life improving surgery for a special needs child?
Forbes has a list of 5 things you can still do to have personal and private control over your own actual healthcare, and #1 is very important...
1) Get a good primary care doctor, if you haven’t already done so.
The Association of American Medical Colleges projects a shortage of 60,000 physicians by 2015 and 90,000 physicians by 2020, roughly a 10-15% shortfall. Although the shortage preceded ObamaCare, the new law will make matters worse. The Physicians Foundation predicts a “silent exodus“ of physicians retiring early or reducing work hours in response to ObamaCare.
Many primary care physicians are overloaded and closing their practices to new patients. If you don’t have a doctor yet, get one before it’s too late.
Similarly, if you’re approaching Medicare age (65) and your current doctor will retire in a few years, consider switching to a younger doctor now. [...]
2) Use a Health Savings Account (HSA).
3) Consider a concierge or “direct pay” physician.
4) Consider medical tourism, when appropriate.
Certain non-emergency medical conditions are amenable to “medical tourism.” A hip replacement costing $30,000 in the United States might cost only $10,000 in India. Many overseas medical tourism facilities are modern high-tech clinics catering specifically to Western patients, staffed by American and European-trained physicians, with success rates comparable to good US hospitals. [...]
5) Help your doctor work on your behalf.
Ask your doctor if he will be joining an ACO. (Not all doctors will.) If so, ask if your personal medical records can be excluded from his ACO practice statistics. If ACO rules allow it, this will help him practice outside the guidelines when medically appropriate (e.g., ordering an MRI scan sooner than usual or prescribing a stronger but more expensive antibiotic) without fear of hurting his overall statistics. [...]
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Although I am not too keen on #4, I can see many young frustrated doctors and surgeons leaving this country for the ability to have the freedom to practice the profession they put a lot of money and time into. However, you can bet if this administration would go after corporations and businesses that move overseas, they will go after medical professionals as well ... perhaps even those who decide to retire or quit practicing. ObamaCare has absolutely nothing to do with better healthcare for Americans. It is all about expanding government control over your freedom and the quality and availability of your healthcare, and sucking in more and more tax dollars from every aspect of it. The people are only to be harvested.
The video is nearly two hours long, but lays out a lot of information, some experiences given by a nurse that has worked under Great Britain's NHS. It was a forum held in mid October...
And once this system fails, and it will not take long, you will see an uproar much the way we are seeing it in European countries right now.