Thursday, August 20, 2009

I hate ignorant people, like Barack Obama, who go around spreading misinformation like "surgeons get paid $50,000 for a leg amputation," when Medicare actually pays them "between $740 and $1,140 for a leg amputation."

Other ignorant people who support Obama will quote him word for word and spread this misinformation everywhere. News networks like CNN report that Obama's healthcare reform plan is wonderful, but they don't actually check the facts behind Obama's statements. It makes me so sad that people can be so easily lead.

The point is not whether Obama's plan is actually a good one or not -- but if it is a good plan, why does he invent statistics that can damage "the all-important trust between surgeons and their patients"?


09:48:00 AM


Julianna said...

"But if that same diabetic ends up getting their foot amputated, that's $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 -- immediately the surgeon is reimbursed. Well, why not make sure that we're also reimbursing the care that prevents the amputation, right? That will save us money."

Obama did not say that surgeons are paid $50k for a FOOT amputation; the amputee pays $30k - $50k, and doctors are only paid based on procedures. The idea here is to incentivize preventative measures, not just actions that may or may not be in the best interest of the patient.

Our system is where people, should they dare to fall ill, have to fight tooth and nail against the financial interests of those you are paying.

How is this concept, which is successfully acted upon by our fellow 1st World countries, ignorant or misleading?

Please research things before you invent and/or spread misinformation.

Julianna said...

oh, and if you were wondering about misinformation on the Canadian health care system...

Anonymous said...

You know why insurance companies don't like to take diabetics?

Because for all those preventative measures (which the insurance company would pay for), there is still a pretty good chance that the patient will STILL need an amputation.

So the insurance company is out twice: once for the preventative measures and then again for the procedure that the so-called preventative measures were supposed to prevent.