So, the GOP? What they WANT you to have?
The GOP makes no bones about one part of its healthcare plan: Kicking millions of poor people off Medicaid
For example, sponsors tout a “patient-centered healthcare system” instead of explaining that the bill would encourage insurers to isolate people with pre-existing conditions …
And: https://www.yahoo.com/news/kansas-republican-lawmaker-says-poor-152400767.html In an interview about healthcare with Stat News, Obstetrician Roger Marshall argued that the Affordable Care Act could not be structured to only benefit those with low incomes.
“Just like Jesus said, ‘The poor will always be with us.’ … There is a group of people that just don’t want health care and aren’t going to take care of themselves,” he told the publication.
“Just, like, homeless people. … I think just morally, spiritually, socially, (some people) just don’t want health care,” Mr Marshall continued. “The Medicaid population, which is (on) a free credit card, as a group, do probably the least preventive medicine and taking care of themselves and eating healthy and exercising.
“And I’m not judging, I’m just saying socially that’s where they are. So there’s a group of people that even with unlimited access to health care are only going to use the emergency room when their arm is chopped off or when their pneumonia is so bad they get brought (into) the ER.”
And this is SOOO GOOD:
In Ryan’s speech, he said a mandate requiring everyone to have insurance was arrogant and paternalistic. “Yes, telling people what to do is arrogant and paternalistic,” Colbert said. “By the way, ladies, no Planned Parenthood for you.”
So, in short, the GOP could give a rat’s butt about your healthcare. So what is it you want?
We sought to investigate the experiences and perceptions of people who have not necessarily had exposure to health care settings, and who may not self-identify as being patients. We used an innovative methodology of the “street study” that literally took us to the streets to find out what people want from their health care.
So what did they find?
First it sounds like they want someone who can communicate with them properly.
Having a doctor who will listen to them….sounds easy enough.
Having a doctor who is caring and compassionate…..ok.
Having a doctor who explains well….
OH, But: now they want convenient and quick access to healthcare. Don’t we all?
Having pleasant interaction with the doctor’s staff…yeah, that’s commonly referred to as customer service I think. Sometimes tough to achieve but if I’m not happy with staff, guess what? I let the doctor know!
People want to be able to talk to the doctor about costs, tests, need for those tests, etc
22% want to know about the doctors ‘conflicts of interest’..hummmm….I can see that I suppose but that’s asking a lot to see their financials while being treated….probably better to be handled by the State Medical Association.
You want holistic options…from a Medical Doctor (MD)? well you should be able to talk about it at least.
Lower on the lists: coordination of care, doctor from the same culture and language, doc to provides ‘choice’
But none of this tells me what it is a person WANTS from their health care…
SO? Let’s go to Part 3 in my quest.