Best Healthcare In The World!
If you can afford it that is…
The New York Times reports:
Hospital patients waiting in an emergency room or convalescing after surgery are being confronted by an unexpected visitor: a debt collector at bedside.
The tactics, like embedding debt collectors as employees in emergency rooms and demanding that patients pay before receiving treatment, were outlined in hundreds of company documents released by the attorney general. And they cast a spotlight on the increasingly desperate strategies among hospitals to recoup payments as their unpaid debts mount.
To patients, the debt collectors may look indistinguishable from hospital employees, may demand they pay outstanding bills and may discourage them from seeking emergency care at all, even using scripts like those in collection boiler rooms, according to the documents and employees interviewed by The New York Times.
Oh yeah, our healthcare is so good we hound people out of the ER if they don’t have the $$. There’s your death panels.
People who claim we have the best healthcare in the world don’t actually understand what they are saying. Conflating healthcare technology and the system that delivers it is a deliberate move on the part of the GOP and its various mouthpieces. The reality is that have having the best tech is useless if you don’t have a way (money) to utilize it.
Think of it this way: Having a supercomputer is great but if you only have a dial up modem to connect to the internet, big whoop.
The United States Healthcare System. Aren’t you proud?