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Subject:  Re: Disability: How the unemployed survive Date:  3/24/2013  8:34 PM
Author:  rharmelink Number:  418791 of 455898

They the powers that be really should have just opened up Medicare to everyone.

That would seem to be the easiest way to cover those without insurance. But:

-- At the current $1K outgoing costs per beneficiary per month? Who could afford it? It would seem the only "fair" way to assign costs would be risk-based. Otherwise, total U.S. health care costs in 2011 were about $8K per person, so that would be the starting point for "no fault" health insurance.

-- How many physicians will be able to stay in business if more patients only bring in Medicare-level payments? What good would it do if someone can get Medicare if fewer and fewer doctors accept Medicare patients?

Do we let Medicare set prices for all services, and then let medical professionals decide if they will provide those services or not?

At what point do we decide someone isn't worth the cost of providing medical care?
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