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StrangeDays said:spice-boy said:Apple should pay for every American's healthcare.
But something must change. In today's episode of This Shit Is Out of Control -- I have plantar fasciitis from my physical activity so I visited the doc. He prescribed PT. At PT, the guy looked at my foot and had me do some stretches. The bill from the single PT session alone? $560 for -- $410 for the PT's "evaluation", and $150 for the stretching. My insurance took $250 off, leaving me with $310. What...a fucking...crock.
Our system is beyond broken. The prices from doctors and hospitals are fake, intended to be marked down via insurance provider negotiations. But even still the out-of-pocket is unreasonable for the non-wealthy and getting worse. I'm an enterprise software dev well into middle-class and this shit is too much. Our healthcare is completely broken, and we can thank the current system and the fat cat hospital & insurance executive class. Something has to change.
Health care in Australia is not free. Everyone who pays income tax pays a Medicare levy of 1.5% of taxable income (with an additional surcharge of 1% for high-income earners without private health insurance). If you are not a high income earner and choose to have private health insurance (giving you shorter waiting times for elective surgery, more choice in terms of doctors and hospitals, a private room, etc.), then you get a partial rebate via an income tax deduction. All of this is independent of your employer and doesn't bankrupt you if you have a major uninsured accident or a life threatening illness. In return for such a wonderful system a tiny, tiny fraction of my 1.5% goes towards paying for the healthcare of the unemployed and the elderly, That tiny, tiny fraction is much less than the extra I would have to pay in deregulated system if Medicare did not exist (yes, I remember what it was like in Oz before 1975). Also, the current life expectancy in Australia is 82.5 years, whereas in the US it is 78.9, so I guess the system is doing something right.
It's not difficult to set-up a logical, efficient and effective system, but first you have to defeat the vested interests who deliberately confuse the general public by setting up think tank propaganda machines and paying for advertising, lobbyists, etc. who deliberately stifle change by promoting divisive arguments based on irrelevant 'ism's.
Imagine if two engineers at Apple argued over a motherboard design because one said that parallel processing was communist. That's what the US arguments over health care sound like to someone who lives elsewhere.
PS. I love visiting the US, seeing new places and hanging out with my many great friends, but I always get full travel insurance.
entropys said:ihatescreennames said:i would have liked a new well featured SE so I could carry a second, smaller personal phone to get around the profile problem.
bestkeptsecret said:AppleInsider said:"The Court declared the mere fact that an iPhone or iPad had been repaired by someone other than Apple did not, and could not, result in the consumer guarantees ceasing to apply, or the consumer's right to a remedy being extinguished."
seanismorris said:No comment. I hate malls...
Making me walk past a bunch of stores that I have no interest in, to get where I need to go, is a waste of my time.
They probably also have parallel parking... shudder.