paul wheaton wrote:
Tyler Ludens wrote:I'm doubtful about how effective this strategy will be. To me it looks like "get poor and die."
Perhaps you can paint a picture of what you think would be a lovely community model?
David Livingston wrote:There is a meme going round on facebook comparing the medical systems in europe and the USA basically what it reports is the number of people going bankrupt in the USA because of medical bills and those in UK France etc . Its lots in the USA and zero in these other countries .
Rebutting this statement was covered in the first part of the post. I am not making a statement that Europe and America have the same problem, just in different forms. I am making a statement that coarse comparisons of European and American systems often miss the mark because they are not comparing the same things. People of modest means in the UK and the US will both become insolvent if they try to access an expensive cancer treatments. This manifests differently in each country, but accessing the fundamental resource is still constrained by the ability to pay. The only difference is who pays, when do they pay, and how much do they pay.
David Livingston wrote:The point remains folks are made bankrupt because they cannot pay their medical bills in the USA but not in europe.
David Livingston wrote:As for the fear that some ones care may be open ended in practical terms this never happens people die I think to suggest otherwise implies some people are immortal .