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Great moments in socialized medicine brings you 73-year old Keo Capestany.

It started last August, when Capestany, a Seattle 73-year-old, was at a picnic and plopped a slice of steak in his mouth.

A yellow jacket was clinging to the bottom side. It stung or bit him right on the tongue.

Ouch! I hate eating outside!

Over the next day, Keo’s tongue swelled up so he thought it would be a good idea to have someone (at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center) take a look.

He was there for the rest of that day and night. He ate lunch, dinner and breakfast. He continued to get antihistamine through the IV.

“I felt I got good medical care,” Capestany recalls. “The doctors wanted to make sure I was OK. By the morning it was clear I was, so they sent me home.”

Two weeks later, though, he got stung again: The bill was $8,200. The IV costs alone were $2,469. The emergency room fee: $2,822. The pharmacy tab ran to $964.

He also had room charges for two days, Aug. 4 and 5, totaling $1,488. Even though he was there only one night.

Not covered.

Capestany found out that though he spent about 22 hours there in a room, his treatment is considered “outpatient.”

His insurance (Medicare Part A and his wife’s policy) only give broad coverage for inpatient hospitalizations, not outpatient visits.

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At $8,200 for a bee sting, health care could become all that’s left of the economy

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While the left is drooling over the thought of government-run health care, promising quality and affordability, we may want to take a quick look at how government-run mail delivery is doing:

The U.S. Postal Service reported a $3.8 billion loss in the 2009 fiscal year, and plans to propose to Congress in 2010 that it drop Saturday delivery.

Well, maybe it inherited all of its problems from the Bush administration. Another clip from the article with my bold added:

This is the third year in a row that the agency has posted a loss; it lost $2.8 billion in fiscal 2008, and $5 billion in 2007. The USPS is a self-supporting government agency that receives no tax dollars. It relies solely on the sale of postage and products and services to generate sales

“Self-supporting?” At least that was the plan. Funny how government agencies that promise to be self-supporting seem to have trouble making ends meet.

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Health Care Costs

I read a liberal blog where the author was outraged that drug costs increased 9% in an environment where we have very low inflation. Of course, the blogger complained about “obscene” profits and sticking it to folks prior to the nationalization of health care.

The reality is that drug prices are driven by market forces. It comes down to supply and demand.

Next, companies exist to generate profits for investors. Without investors, these companies wouldn’t exist. If there is no reward for taking risks, then people will do something else with their money.

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On Vacation

Back Saturday!

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The Democrats want to create a universal health care system where everyone has health care. 40 million people are without health care. The Democrats want you to pay for their health care. Health care would be paid for additional fees or premiums by employers and employees. But all those costs eventually end up taking money out of your wallet.

In addition, the Democrats are also talking up the doctor and nursing shortage. Gee, if there aren’t enough medical professionals and we throw 40 million new patients at the system, how will that affect prices? Anyone? Anyone? Buehler?

From the Nursing Blog:

John Edwards brought up the pressing issue of the nursing shortage during the Presidential Debate that was broadcasted on MSNBC this week. He talked about nurses being an important part of the healthcare system – and that the shortage would only get worse in the coming years.

From Medical News Today (August!):

John Edwards says he will take on pharmaceutical and insurance companies in his quest for universal health care. Not only will his plan focus on primary care and the pro-active management of chronic diseases, but also on prevention. He says he needs 100,000 extra nurses over the next five years to make sure his plan works – he will try to get more RNs who have left to come back, as well as upping the numbers who graduate each year.

Uh, John? How are you going to force those who have left to come back or force kids to pick nursing as a career? My guess is that “higher wages” is an answer from The Left on that one; but, I doubt they add that cost to their universal health care projections.

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