Thirty percent markup

While in Holland, I suffered a cut to my wrist. They have nationalized health. It's part of the infrastructure, like the water utility, and regulated to ensure the common good. I had nine stitches and was sent on my way in half-an-hour. I remarked, "I'm just traveling through Holland. I'm a tourist. Where do I pay?" The answer, "So? No one has to pay."

I left without giving my name.

It was a Saturday in Millinocket when I cut the edge of my hand on some flashing and had to use the emergency room. There, I was first asked for my insurance card, then given a gauze pad to stop the bleeding. Back to the desk for more information. A half-hour later, the intern said a couple of strip sutures would do. For two strip sutures, some "super glue" and a 2-inch-wide Band-Aid my co-pay cost was $100. For that, I could have a lifetime's worth of bandages. When I later complained, I was told the total cost was $795.

There is something wrong with a profit-oriented "health" care system. Insurance is a business to make a profit. They need 30 percent more than every procedure they pay for, for Wall Street, lobbyists and to pay politicians.

My little cut cost those who pay for insurance $1,054. If that doesn't make you want to have nonprofit, government-controlled Medicare-for-all, then you deserve to keep the profit-making, insurance-controlled sickness care system that you have — until you lose your job, of course.

Richard Fochtmann, Leeds

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Bob Wright's picture

Richard Fochtmann is a liar.

Richard Fochtmann is a liar. Holland does not offer free health care to tourists. It never amazes me how low people will stoop to sell their agendas.

Andrew MacIsaac's picture

Just to add some context -

Just to add some context - someone earning 31k to 54k is taxed at a 42% rate. The national sales tax is 19%. They pay for a liter of gas what we pay for a gallon (presumably tyhe difference is all tax).

They do euthanize, and it is very socialist. BUT no one is homeless and no one is hungry.

http://www.taxarticles.info/2009/06/tax-rates-imposed-on-individual-paye...

Submitted for your consideration.

Allisa Milliard's picture

You are correct, I had been

You are correct, I had been told wrong several years ago.

Yet, no mention about Medicare or what is owed to hospitals. Medicare is public healthcare, funded through taxes.

Allisa Milliard's picture

You should learn to be more

You should learn to be more careful, or learn basic first aide. The med staff up there were probubly just as annoyed with you and your minor cut as you were with them.

I agree that by going to the hospital with a minor cut that only needed some gauze, glue, and a few band aids, you asked for the best aide possible, and anything less would have been cause for a lawsuit. Doctors lose about 60% of their personal income in malpractice coverage. Also, since Medicare and Mainecare are so behind in paying their hospital bills, the operating cost must be passed on somewhere.

Mark Wrenn's picture

And there is nothing in any

And there is nothing in any of the proposals that would nullify the Hyde Amendment.
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Mark Wrenn's picture

I imagine most of "those who

I imagine most of "those who live off the taxpayers dime" are covered by Medicare or Medicaid, so the doctors and hospitals are getting paid - nothing left for them to "pass that cost onto us".
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Kevin Murphy's picture

Yeah, just like they do now

Yeah, just like they do now with Maine Care. Speaking of Medicare and Medicaid do you actually believe those two are run efficiently, without waste and fraud?

Mark Wrenn's picture

The biggest defrauders of

The biggest defrauders of Medicare/Medicaid are the health care providers. The biggest fraud ever, Rick Scott, runs Conservatives For Patients' Rights.
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Kevin Murphy's picture

First off the health care

First off the health care bill is an insurance bill not a hospital cost bill. Second, either you don't know what the cost was in Holland or you neglected to say. There's nothing to indicate, in your letter, that the cost was any less. Lastly you should try and be a little more careful. Someone as accident prone as you should have their own physician on stand by. At the very least you should be grateful you've a place to go when you have one of your mishaps instead of complaining. You're why health costs are so high in the first place.

Stephen Bolduc's picture

KJ, you must work for an

KJ, you must work for an insuranse company. Blame the victim, that's their mantra. You say "some one as accident prone as you should be more careful". Have you never cut yourself? Probably not, especially if you haven't done any actual "work" in your lifetime. People can be as careful as possible and still get injured, it happens all the time. Maybe you should be a little less judgemental and see what she is actually saying here in the letter, that our health care system has been taken over by the insurance companies who claim to be on our side, but are in actuality just greedy corporations causing the costs of health care up.

Kevin Murphy's picture

Well Steve, I am 60 years

Well Steve, I am 60 years old and have worked all my life. The last time I visited the emergency room for myself was when I played hockey about 20 years ago. This guy has visited twice recently. The emergency rooms are used too often for non-emergencies and are driving costs way up. It's easy to blame insurance companies but there's no proof that they are to blame. Also I think Richard is a man's name.

Mark Wrenn's picture

How many primary care

How many primary care doctors are going to take you right in on a Saturday? "It was a Saturday in Millinocket when I cut the edge of my hand on some flashing." I think most doctors would say when you need stitches, get the stitches.
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Kevin Murphy's picture

So Lil, Evidently your

So Lil, Evidently your position is that the emergency room isn't used too often by persons with non-emergenies. Now why does that not surprise me?

Mark Wrenn's picture

Please point me to where I

Please point me to where I wrote anything like that. Besides, universal coverage would solve that. Evidently you're for universal coverage.
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Oh, be real.

Oh, be real.

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