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April 23, 2017

But we are the wealthiest country in the world…. so our republicans keep telling us.

Filed under: Economics, Health, News, Political — Scottie @ 12:16


  1. Yep right. I think they mean they are the wealthiest in This country 😑

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    Comment by Tink the Belle — April 23, 2017 @ 12:27

  2. Reblogged this on Kate McClelland.

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    Comment by Kate McClelland — April 23, 2017 @ 12:27

  3. Hey Scottie,

    Thank you for presenting this profound statistic. May I ask the source of this information and if you also compared death rates as a result of inability to pay for life saving treatment?

    I enjoy reading the Blog of an American Doctor called Victo Delore. She writes with passion about her everyday experiences, her personal perspectives, and is forever emphasising the destructive nature of medical insurance. I enjoy listening to her voice, she writes from the heart, and from the heart of community. I do not think she is alone in expressing her sentiment. I’ll leave a link to her blog, and leave you to follow should interest take you there.

    Thank you for expressing your thoughts as statistical enquiry.

    Hoping all is well my friend. Take care of one and all.

    Namaste 🙂


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    Comment by Dewin Nefol — April 23, 2017 @ 16:56

    • Oooops, my apologies:

      Namaste 🙂


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      Comment by Dewin Nefol — April 23, 2017 @ 17:03

    • Hello Dewin. Sorry I am late getting back to you, I had several doctors visits today. No I did not do any more research into this than the anecdotal information I already have. Thank you for the link, and I will check it out later. Do you live in the States? IF you do how is the health care you get? What do you think we excel at and what could we do better. Thanks. Be well. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — April 24, 2017 @ 12:50

      • Hey Scottie,

        Never a need to apologise my friend, we all have lives that must come before anything else.

        I am an Englishman living abroad in Wales but have a keen interest through reading the Blog I linked with the machinations of the US Medical System. I have always believed that the UK are not really that far behind America in terms of provision to the people. I see the NHS currently being eroded by HHS Trusts that are keen to pay vast salaries to managers and Administrators, Share-Holders and Partners, but whose provision on the ‘ground floor’ is getting slowly worse. I am grateful indeed that Wales does not currently charge NHS patients for either care or prescribed medication, whereas England does. I cannot understand why it is not appropriate for both countries. In addition, there is a shortage of hospitals across the UK due primarily to underfunding and expansion in the population through immigration and natural birth rates. I can foresee Government expenditure being slowly withdrawn with the intention of moving into the private sector. That will leave those in the UK at the mercy of business practice ad profiteering as is evidenced in America. I very much hope you’ll have a good look through Victo Delore’s blog where I am certain you’ll feel the essence of her concerns very readily. It is a popular site and draws attention from th medical community as well as general bloggers, well wishers, and virtual friends.

        Regards you statistic, I may make further enquiries myself through personal interest. The figures quoted against other countries is concerning. When the money-men take over, I guess we all get pushed to hell in a hand-cart with them.

        Hoping life finds you well and able, happy within and without, and enjoying the spring weather. Am I right in concluding you live in America Scottie? If so, may I ask how you feel personally about health-care provision that side of the great puddle?

        Enjoy your afternoon and evening my friend. Take good care in all ways always.

        Namaste 🙂


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        Comment by Dewin Nefol — April 24, 2017 @ 13:21

        • Hello Dewin. Thank you for a grand response. I read about a tactic where the politicians starve a department or service of money and then when it collapses or fails, they blame the department or service itself. In the US this is normally done so they can either get rid of the department / service or they can privatize it. That has become a huge problem here for us. SO when the service becomes private it costs much more to implement and the amount of service given is less. I was watching the comedian Jonathan Pie and he had a rant about NHS under the same circumstance. Much higher demand as you say, and funds slashed. Here in the States they claim that there is waste and fraud they need to cut out, but it turns out that waste and fraud they cut was very needed. I wish I had words of wisdom about this for everyone but we can’t get our own leaders to stop this sleight of hand.

          I did go to the blog and read a couple posts. I liked them. I skipped over the poems as I am not really into that and have a few blogs that feature them I am trying to figure out. I enjoyed the few I read so I subscribed to the blog. Thank you for suggesting it.

          As to how I find the US healthcare system, that is an interesting story. First I have to be clear right I am one of the lucky people that have health care. I have a bunch of health issues, some serious. I suffer from bone, muscle, and nerve problems. The short of it is my bones are dying, my muscles are spasming uncontrolled, and my nerves are shorting out. Basicly the warranty is up on my model. Let say that while my care now is great, it was not always this way. IN 1996 I lost most of the head of my femur of my right leg. I had been losing the bone in the top of my leg for some time, but it got so I couldn’t walk at that point. I had no money so I went to the new VA facility that opened up where I lived. As I had been in the military I qualified for free care. They were great for me. THey were better than the private sector, but again they were new and it was a showcase place so it was funded well. However the whole VA system was terribly underfunded and it has gotten even worse. IN 2004 I moved to a new location and the VA system was horrible. They were overwhelmed and undermanned. So I moved to the private sector under Medicare, the program for the elderly and disabled. I loved the system but again the republicans in congress are doing their best to starve the service so that it will break. They have hated it like few other things it seems. They don’t care it helps so many or that it is the only health care system for most seniors. I left that system for private insurance in 2009. Now I am again going to go back to Medicare. Not that I want to be as a disabled person I am being forced to by the system.

          So my healthcare is decent here in the US. I am not saying it is perfect , it does need improvements and also much more consistent funding. We need to go to a funded national health system, or what we would call medicare for all, cradle to grave coverage. I think it needs to be “means tested”. That is where they look at your income and say you are wealthy enough to pay a small amount in either co-pays or in premiums. Well have to run. Time to get Ron up and ready for work. I have not done anything today.. Time for me to start. 🙂 Hugs

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          Comment by Scottie — April 24, 2017 @ 17:36

  4. Food for thought, Scottie. The US is not a so called “nanny state” and does provide free healthcare to its people, as far as I am aware. So I suppose it is a choice, bankrupt individuals or a bankrupt country [evil smile].


    Comment by robbiesinspiration — April 26, 2017 @ 00:27

    • Hello, I think you have set up false choices. You can have universal health care, and you can tax wealth and high incomes without bankrupting anyone. The data shows countries with universal healthcare do far better in standards of living of the people. In fact it is also good for business as they don’t have to figure in health care costs. Our companies are at a disadvantage globally because we don’t have universal healthcare. The USA is a Nanny state in many respects, it is just that the ones being cared for are the wealthy and corporations. The republican congress members just exempted themselves from the effects of the new AHCA, the new healthcare bill they are trying to ram through to destroy what little care many have. I hope we can learn from the many countries that do health care so much better than we do. However like the ACA it needs to be funded , and at a proper rate to cover expenses. That means someone must pay taxes. While it sounds like a lot of money the amount the top brackets paid for covering millions of people were nothing to them. The amount was a lot to most of us, but miniscule to the wealthy. Plus it meant everything to the ones getting covered. Hugs


      Comment by Scottie — April 26, 2017 @ 11:34

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