Skip to content

PPACA… Curse, or Blessing?

September 12, 2015

I think our pre-PPACA health care system was a giant titanic that was severely out of control. Though I’m torn about the penalties and fees imposed on individuals opting out of the program, I do think, however, some of the other checks and balances that have been put in place are absolutely necessary to protect the people. For example, a really big one had to do with the restrictions placed on insurance companies for retroactively denying coverage. Insurance companies had already moved from denying you for a pre-existing condition, to projecting potential conditions. One of the more prevalent ones was obesity. Insurance companies were projecting the chronic and/or acute conditions you may develop based on your BMI, and were quietly denying coverage for these individuals. Now with the PPACA in place, all of that has stopped.

My parents always taught me that my elders are a great source of knowledge in my life, and that using guidance from them could be a compass for making choices in my own life. The US is an infant country; we’re what, just over 200 years old? China’s ground Army fought battles 4,000 years ago; the British Navy is 1,000 years old… yeah, we’re babies. These countries all have great features to their national health care systems. Though I don’t think one exact replica is right for us, surely we can come up with a unique system that includes some of the great features of others.

A few examples I would love to see in our system are these:

From the British system: Offer people the choice to use the system, or not. This would apply to anyone, whether rich or poor. Everyone will have the same 100% coverage for everything, and never see a medical bill in their entire life, if they want to use the national system (Harrell, 2009). (Coincidentally, our US military’s health care is modeled after the British NHS.)

From Norway, or Cuba: Send students wanting to study anything in the healthcare field to school for free; actually Norway goes above and beyond in that area. (The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU), 2007) (Fitzhugh Mullan, 2004).

From Taiwan: Have a complete paperless system so people don’t have to remember allergies, surgeries, meds, and so forth because it’s all in your electronic account (Reinhardt, 2012).

From Japan: Have a PPO system in place so that people can go see any doctor they want, when they want to see them (Reid, 2008).

There are a lot of great features to have in a successful health care system! It’s just going to take work to shape what we have and mold it the way that our people need it to be. The PPACA is not perfect, but at least now we officially have something in place we can keep on working with.

——————————————————————————————————————

References

Fitzhugh Mullan, M. (2004, December 23). Affirmative Action, Cuban Style. Retrieved from Race, Health Care and the Law : http://academic.udayton.edu/health/02organ/providers01.htm

Harrell, E. (2009, August 18). Retrieved from Time: http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1916570-1,00.html

Reid, T. (2008, April 14). Retrieved from NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89626309

Reinhardt, U. E. (2012, July 27). Economix. Retrieved from The New York Times: http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/27/taiwans-progress-on-health-care/?_r=0

The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU). (2007). Retrieved from Study In Norway: http://www.studyinnorway.no/

Advertisements

From → The Wife's Side

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: