I have mailed and e-mailed this letter to the President...
I am writing this letter in hopes that you will pass on my views regarding Health Care to Congress. I have been a proponent of single-payer healthcare as the only venue in which affordable healthcare will become available for all Americans. Healthcare is like any other commodity in the open market – it is directly associated with the supply/demand theorem, in other words; as the demand for healthcare increases so must the ability to meet that demand increase. We have too few doctors, not enough nurses, and the practice of medicating and testing without forethought is adding to the cost of it all.
My thoughts are that we should consider methods and means to reduce the cost of medical care without imposing directly on any of the components of the current healthcare system. We must intercede in ways that do not confront any of the entities that are demanding that their particular share of the system remains the same. Reducing the cost of becoming a medical professional by subsidizing educational cost in return for guaranteed commitment to the single-payer program (Wellness Program) is an absolute necessity. Setting up a bulk medication program that qualified healthcare customers can, along with Medicare and Medicaid, use to reduce the cost of their meds.
The conveyance for the government sponsored healthcare program could easily be developed by through a ‘Wellness’ program that accepts walk-ins for all of the minor things that are burdening our Emergency Room and Outpatient Clinics. The Wellness Clinic would do all of the things that people need and can’t obtain simply because they don’t have insurance… eye exams, preventative medicine, anything that would reduce the demand and cost to hospitals accepting patients that otherwise don’t qualify. Those patients that can’t be helped further at the Wellness Clinics would then be referred to hospitals on a case by case basis with their care being paid for by a means yet to be determined.
By putting this form of healthcare in place, we meet a demand with the personnel and means to reduce the cost of healthcare while not interfering directly with the healthcare institutions as they are today.
In a democracy, silence is not golden; it is condonance in the face of injustices; it is fear, where the thought of reprisal fosters control.