Cash Cow For Crooks – Our American Healthcare System

Cash Cow For Crooks – Our American Healthcare System[EXTRACT]
The American Healthcare System is pandemic in fraud and that needs to be taken care of first before we can save real money in the system. We could save multi-billions if the system was revamped and the opportunity for easy money was eliminated. I know what a debacle our healthcare system is in, I spent months preparing my company for Medicaid and Medicare approval. It reminds me of taking a dry towel every 5 minutes to dry off when you’re standing in the rain. There seems to be no end to redundancy and complexity. A system in complete dissaray and bleeding profusely.I know this as a fact since I spent months getting the necessary requirements for my companies approval for Medicaid and Medicare. Just to get the process started you have to get approved and checked by no less than three clearing-houses. What a nightmare.Lately there has been a lot of talk about IT and cross operational platforms to help reduce costs and save us from high medical expenses. Our government and most consumers havn’t got a clue how our Healthcare System works and how the system has turned into a “Cash Cow” for the crooks. The system is ‘Bleeding Profusely”, and it will take more than a bandaid to fix it.

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The consumer is over charged every step in the process, all the way to bankruptcy. I read an article how in 2007-2008, 61% of bankruptcies were caused by medical bills, this was up from 27% just a few years before.Yesterday I was having lunch with an elderly man 70 yrs old and he asked what I did. I told him very proudly. Sir I distribute premium medical equipment and supplies and my company carries the best crutches, forearm crutches, bedside commodes and bed tables in the country. He could tell I was passionate in what I did and he told me his story. He retired from General Motors and he that was a diabetic he then mentioned that his co-pay was $11.00 every time he went in for a check-up. The doctor usually rushes him through but recently spent approx 10 minutes with him and he appreciated it, until he checked out. It seems the doctor charged his co-pay $33.00 this time. Well lets do the math, for 10 minutes he charged $20.00. That equates to $120.00 an hour.Oh now if the co-pay was just 20% of total bill then that leaves a bill of 50 minutes more he can charge for and the Insurance would pay for. We know he charges $33.00 for every 10 minutes. This is a patients portion, so $33.00 times 5 is equal to $165.00. so here is what you have. Whether the man or the insurance company pays for this a total cost that the doctor is billing just for a check-up is $198.00. This is not $198.00 an hour it’s almost $200.00 every ten minutes or $1,200 and hour. I don’t care how you cut this it is wrong!It gets worse. This doctor hasn’t even started charging for any scripts or extras he can bill for. This happening in my own backyard and I’m sick of it!In every facet of the healthcare process everyone is overcharging and no one is watching the ship.Significant savings can occur by supporting preventative care, wellness programs and education. Throw real money at this so people will follow and use recommendations. Unless we have a system that provides monetary incentives for better health, consumers won’t use it.

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Health abuse and expense occur with the foods that are recommended and are so-called healthy. My pet peeve is our ludicrous diet with all the non-nutritional foods being marketed and promoted as healthy. It’s causing our society to be obese and psychologically we depend on it, many of the additives and artificial ingredients are causing severe mental and physical problems, they have addictive properties and exacerbate current and future medical conditions. Examples include diabetes, headaches, MS and other neurological conditions.I’m very interested in health and related topics. If you get a chance I posted a comment about an unknown substance found in diabetics blood on my blog http://www.bontemedical.com/blog It’s a must read for diabetics.Congress should take a hard look at the nutritional value of the products we routinely eat and apply incentives to eat healthier. This alone in a short time will save Billions.

Shortcoming In The Healthcare System In Thailand

Shortcoming In The Healthcare System In Thailand[EXTRACT]
As Thailand is becoming a destination for medical tourism, attempts are being made to promote Thai health facilities quite actively. However, the average Thai is not deriving any benefits from the medical tourism as there are certain shortcomings in healthcare and hospital facilities which provide medical treatment to the locals.Efforts are underway to improve the healthcare system in Thailand but a lot has to be done before we see some concrete results.

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The first shortcoming in the healthcare system in Thailand is that there is no primary healthcare system. Most doctors in Thailand are generally specialists. So, it usually becomes difficult to find good general practitioner for minor ailments. If a person is suffering from common cold and cough, a visit to the general hospital means being examined by a doctor who is specialized in one of the medical fields and the doctor may not be able to handle such a small ailment.However, critics beg to differ. They say they most private and university hospitals have general practitioners and one only needs to ask for them.The other problem is that most doctors working in hospitals in Thailand do not do so full time. Most physicians and surgeons end up working in several hospitals across Bangkok. Besides this, these doctors also have their own private clinics. Therefore, post-operative care can be a nightmare if you doctor is communicating with the nursing staff on a mobile phone. Another grievance that a Thai patient might have is that he does not see his doctor as often as he would like during his stay in the hospital. And if he does, it is at unusual hours after the doctor finishes his clinics in various other places.

The Implosion of the Massachusetts Healthcare System, and a Road Map for Future Blogs

The Implosion of the Massachusetts Healthcare System, and a Road Map for Future Blogs[EXTRACT]
“Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings,” Canute said, “for there is none worthy of the name, but He whom heaven, earth and sea obey by eternal laws.Over the weekend I found two articles about the problems with the Massachusetts health care system.Because Obamacare was modeled after the Massachusetts plan, the failures in Massachusetts are a harbinger of things to come. I particularly like the second article, partly because I like Samuelson, and partly because he agrees with me (I think he reads my blog).If you have read my prior posts, there is nothing new in these reports. The Massachusetts plan, which includes an Obama-like insurance mandate, has increased the number of insured, mainly among healthy young adults. However, it has also resulted in crowded emergency rooms, increased waits, and higher costs. Strong lobbying efforts have blocked politicians from cutting fees paid to doctors and hospitals. Increasing costs have resulted in higher insurance premiums which small companies can no longer afford, leading to patients being dumped into the state system. The state, already in the throes of a recession, must cope with these increased costs.

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The government is attempting to limit insurance premiums by fiat, but in the end can only prevail in the short term, and will ultimately be unsuccessful. Eventually single-payer/government takeover will be the only alternative, which I will discuss later. The outline of events is very similar to the scenario I have previously outlined for Obamacare.No matter how noble the underlying intention, reality usually prevails. This will also be the theme of topics I will be taking up in the next few weeks. I will be examining in depth the impact of Obesity, drugs, alcohol, violence and smoking on healthcare outcomes and costs, and try to initiate a dialogue about what role personal responsibility should play in healthcare. I will also be examining an important and rarely discussed aspect of American healthcare the amazing amount of money, time and emotional effort Americans devote to worthless or even harmful practices, what I will call the role of magic in healthcare. More to come.

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www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2010/07/18/firms_cancel_health_coverage/www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/07/19/obamacares_future_foretold_106358.html

Healthcare Systems and Their Structure

Healthcare Systems and Their Structure[EXTRACT]
Constantly under review and scrutiny, the issues on healthcare Systems have become international.Made up mainly of organizations and individuals, these healthcare structural systems are designed to meet a target population’s need for health care. On an international level, there is a diverse variety of health care systems. In some countries the planning of the health care systems are market driven and participated in by the private sector. In other countries the systems are composed of government and non-government entities such as religious groups, trade unions charities and or other coordinative bodies that are centrally run and planned, to enable the delivery of healthcare services to the populations they target. In other words, health care planning has evolved.According to a World Health Organization report in 2000, the main goals of health systems are the ability to provide a responsive health service alongside considerations of fair financial contributions. In order to appraise overall health care systems, a proposed two-dimensional approach was conceived. The first dimension consists of equity and the second is composed of efficiency, quality and acceptability.

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Several proposals have come from the Senate in the United States and the White House. Health care system issues according to President Obama are issues that should be addressed immediately and placed them on a top priority list. A universal health care system does not exist or is practiced in the United States. Some countries subsidize their universal healthcare directly from government coffers. This kind of universal healthcare is called socialized medicine, which is a combination of private and public delivery systems, with most countries spending public funds for this service delivery. Government taxes plays the role of funding this system supplemented and strengthened with private payments.The World Health Organization (WHO) report of 2000 ranks each member country’s health care system. Discussions on the positive and negative aspects of replacing health care systems with insurance systems use this report’s quotation. However, the WHO has remarked that as ranking healthcare systems is a complex task, these ranking tables will no longer be produced. Infant mortality and life expectancy are two main variables that are used in the ranking. Out of 198 countries, Canada ranks thirtieth and the US ranks thirty seventh. The World Health Organization ranks France, San Marino, Italy, Andorra, Singapore, Malta, Spain, Austria, Oman and Japan as the world’s top ten.

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With the founding of the UN (United Nations), there was planning and discussion on the need for a single entity to serve, observe and assess global health care system trends. Thus the World Health Organization was formed in 1948 on April 7th with headquarters based in Geneva, Switzerland. Annually the WHO is recognized by the celebration of a World Health Day. The WHO is the coordinative and directive authority for United Nations’ member countries individual health systems. Member countries of the United Nations are allowed WHO membership through the acceptance of the WHO constitution. To date there are a total of 198 member nations participating in WHO programs.

New Nursing Curriculum to Meet the Demands of Population Growth and Dynamic Healthcare System

New Nursing Curriculum to Meet the Demands of Population Growth and Dynamic Healthcare System[EXTRACT]
September 2013 marks the official change in the nursing curriculum. It has been long discussed that there would be changes in the nursing program. Diploma courses will no longer be offered by 2013 but those who are already enrolled in the program in 2011 will not be affected. They may still pursue it but the new applicants will have to apply in the new degree program that will be first offered in September 2011. By the last quarter of 2013, all nursing programs offered in schools and colleges will be expected to be degree-only courses.This is in response to the issue that nurses are not competent enough in handling complex health care issues. Nurses have an important role in providing quality medical care to the people. They provide their professional service to all people from different cultures, sex and age.

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Newly graduate nurses are not eligible for work until after they have taken qualification exams. For example, to those who want to work at the National Health Service (NHS), they must first become Registered Nurses (RNs). They can become RNs after they register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).Formal nursing education is composed of 50% theory and 50% practice. This practice is ensured by higher education institutes (HEIs) which manages the course and practical placements in different health care centers.It is often thought that nurses are taught the same thing. But like doctors, they also specialize in a certain branch of expertise. They could concentrate on providing care for adult, children, those with learning disability and have mental health issues. Social work is an opportunity that is given to those who work in the branches of mental health and learning disability. Some applicants already have an idea of what branch to focus on. Some HEIs let students have the privilege to choose which branch after starting the course.Common foundation programs (CFP) are taught to all nursing branches. These lay the foundation for nursing education. These will be taken by all nursing student regardless of which area they specialize in. These programs last a year before specialization is started.

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After completing the degree program, one can choose to start working or pursue to advance their studies by taking Masters or PhD programs. The health care system is changing in order to accommodate the needs of the people. As the population grows, infants are born and people age needing more and better nurses. Nurses must be equipped with the knowledge to meet the demand of the people and the future generation.