>> There's something fundamentally wrong with a health care system that encourages the uninsured to forego preventive medicine then treat hospital ER's as their primary care providers. <<I'd go farther than that and say that it can even discourage the well-insured from getting preventative/wellness care. I have a very good health plan, but I don't plan on having this plan until I'm 65 (and that assumes there's still a Medicare for me more than 23 years from now). In fact, I'm not even planning on having it until I'm 50, either because I'm ready to retire (or semi-retire at least), or because my employer won't want my services any more. After that there's a good chance I'll have to be on my own for health insurance, and I'm really afraid one aberrant reading of 'white coat hypertension', a slightly elevated glucose level or an odd liver enzyme count can effectively price me out of decent care at that time. I really should get an exam, but I'm afraid of having any of these in my medical history.I'm hoping this will be less of a concern as I work myself into better shape, but even then I can't help but shake the fact that one unfortunate reading on the blood panel will kick me into the "undesirable" category.#29
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