Originally Posted by FloorJack
I'm not sure I was martyring myself but thanks for following with your own example.
Over use of technology is a huge problem in medicine. Some have called it an device arms race. If you don't have the latest device that's of marginal use then the hospital down the street will. Patients will come in asking for the PET-CT or DaVinci surgery when it's of little use. Oh and after you pay for it you better damn well schedule the patients to use it 'cause you have to pay off the capitol costs. Why do you think proton therapy is so popular for prostate cancer. Not because it's better. Doctors out of an abundance of caution to a desire for more information will order more. When they do this Obama thinks they are being greedy.
If we peal back some of the technology then we are "rationing". If the payer does it they are heartless greedy evil mongers. If the government does it then they are death panels.
But we all told to vote for Obama's non-solution.
We're being "told" a lot of things. We're being "told" that the insurance industry can't afford to cover everyone without discriminating against those who already need care, unless everyone is required to buy their products. True or not true? You can ask that question all day long. The answer you get will depend on who you ask.
Make no mistake, health care is already rationed. Some people are in favor of keeping the rationing system the way it is, where we leave a few tens of millions of people out and pretend that it costs nothing to do so. Others recognize that everyone can't have exactly what they want; because if that happens, costs get driven steadily up and many people are squeezed out of the system.
As for martyring yourself, if your dentist says you need a crown, you probably do. I've got about five grand worth of those in my mouth, all paid for out of pocket. Beats having no teeth.