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cliff666 writes,

Any suggestions? Are you Libertarian? How can the gummit control this inflation, short of producing more physicians, RN's and hospitals (A little supply and demand imbalance exists today.)? I would maintain that we cause at least part of it, by running in to the physician's office for every nosebleed and hangnail, for frivolous malpractice suits, and for letting the drug company advertisements to influence us to demand the latest drug. But I don't know how to change that behavior.

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Actually that's a Rush Limbaugh myth. The biggest drivers in healthcare costs are people with chronic problems like diabetes, asthma, high-blood pressure, etc., not the provebial patient who shows up in the doctor's office with the sniffles. Insurance companies are now learning that the high-deductible/low benefit plans promoted by Bush and his crowd are costing them money. Patients tend to delay going to see a doctor or fill a perscription if the out-of-pocket cost is equal to a month's rent. Delaying care may mean an expensive hospitalization that more than meets the annual deductible and costs the insurance company money.

Some insurers are now covering the full cost of maintenance items like insulin and glucose meters and providing periodic check-ups with low copays for patients with diabetes to forestall more expensive problems down the line.

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