So what can we expect when all the medical bills come due?

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/07/28/896053352/in-texas-two-big-problems-collide-uninsured-people-and-an-uncontrolled-pandemic

Texas’ uninsured rate is highest in the nation. “And 20 percent of all uninsured children in the U.S. live in Texas.”

Millions have low wage and multiple gig jobs to make end meet. Mostly the types of jobs that have no healthcare benefits. Then millions more lost their insurance when let go due to COVID.

Yet hospitals are packed treating ICU patient in the pandemic. Weeks in many cases. Paying for this is impossible for many without coverage. Bankruptcies will provide income security for lawyers. But others will lose homes, cars, savings.

Plus hospitals are losing money. Rural hospitals especially. Many of those had been, or were close to, closing.

Testing COVID can cost hundreds which would be truly difficult for the laid off. And not everyone has been getting unemployment because they fall through the cracks of being gig workers or part timers.

In my tiny opinion, as a nation not only were we caught totally unprepared, but we flat out cannot handle a major crisis. And certainly not a pandemic.

15 thoughts on “So what can we expect when all the medical bills come due?

  1. RE: “Paying for this is impossible for many without coverage.”

    Most hospitals can help patients get financial support. I don’t think the problem is as bad as you make it sound.

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    1. I hope you are right. Unfortunately, I don’t have that much faith in hospitals that are going under to help much. And over the last few years or so, almost 200 rural hospitals have shut down. Many more will after this mess is over. Or perhaps even before.

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  2. The best way to keep costs down is to treat early so patients never need the hospital.

    The best way to further early treatment would be for a meteor to strike the FDA building.

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    1. Fauci still does not have faith in HCQ. I know you do. I don’t think Fauci has an agenda despite the campaign by the White House to trash his reputation.

      There must be 1/2 million doctors and medical pros around the world. From what I gather, the FDA has no control over most of them. Yet, for some odd reason, no matter where you go, there is no consensus that early treatment works as advertised.

      Yes, a few posts have come with the interview of a commune doctor and a woman the other day who sang the praises of HCQ.

      But not even the administration, Trump and his best followers, are pushing this anymore. At least as far as I have seen.

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      1. The FDA has control of pharmacies, and without FDA approval, your primary care doctor cannot prescribe HCQ for off-label use, or more accurately, the pharmacy will not fill the prescription.

        The only doctors who can prescribe the drug are hospital based, and by the time you get there, the optimum time for use has passed.

        Of course, in India, the FDA has no authority

        American Thinker Indian Slum defeats covid

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        1. What puzzles me is that the “resistance” is not just in our country.

          “ India has exported tons of HCQ to the U.S, Canada, and dozens of other countries in the past few months. Despite having stockpiles, these nations have resisted its use.”

          We can blame the US media, Democrats, Trump, Fauci, the FDA and my dog Max.

          Who does Canada blame? Or the “dozens” of other countries?

          “ Reports credit the huge turnaround to various factors. Most focused on Dharavi’s use of widespread testing and contact tracing. One is the use of an anti-malarial drug. But they ignored the policy most responsible. Indian doctors used hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for prophylaxis (preventive) treatment — the same drug the American media have politicized.”

          Who ignored HCQ? Who are “they”?

          If this is really that good, it would seem that every other country, if not us, would be jumping all over this. Maybe some could blame our media. But there are plenty of respectable media outlets worldwide and I glean some through aggregators. The only stories I see are from AT and an occasional interview with a doctor or two.

          I remain skeptical.

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          1. In most other countries, HCQ ia available OTC and is widely used for malaria, so we actually don’t know how widely it is used prophylactically for COVID.

            But look at it from the other side.

            HCQ has been used for 40years all over the world. It is OTC throughout the tropics. It is safer than Tylenol.

            Yet in the US, your primary care physician can’t prescribe it for COVID even though there is evidence it helps if used early on (Henry Ford Study)

            Your primary care physician can prescribe morphine and countless other dangerous drugs, but can’t give you this harmless one.

            So, why is the FDA so desperate to keep HCQ from being used?

            If it keeps 1 patient in 100 out of the hospital, it is cheaper than not using it.

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  3. Dr. Tabor. I couldn’t agree with you more. While earning my degree from VA Tech I took a couple pre med classes. Medical Protozoology and Medical Heminthology. Crazy electives for a Biology major but so glad I got to meet Dr. Holoman and an outstanding teacher. That was many years ago but HCQ, even then, was being used as a Malaria treatment and prophylatic. Jeez, I remember Dr. Holoman hammering that home. If it was as dangerous as Nitro Glycerin I doubt it would still be in world wide use.

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  4. Nitroglycerin side effects
    headache.
    dizziness.
    weakness.
    fast heart rate.
    nausea.
    vomiting.
    flushing (reddening and warming of your skin)
    rash.

    Common side effects of Plaquenil include
    nausea,
    vomiting,
    stomach pain or cramps,
    loss of appetite,
    weight loss,
    diarrhea,
    dizziness,
    spinning sensation,
    headache,
    ringing in your ears,
    mood changes,
    nervousness,
    irritability,
    skin rash,
    itching, or
    hair loss.

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        1. Hell, swallow some of the concentrated Nitro and one won’t have to worry about taste. Just don’t do any jumping jacks.

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