samhill wrote:Don't know how it is where you are Jpete but here or at least around Pittsburgh the far greater % of ER visitors are without Ins. or a family doctor & many of those even call call an AM-bu-lance to get a ride there. Before you even ask my wife was an ER nurse for over 30 years so she knows a bit about it.
And my wife works on an "AM-bu-lance" so I know exactly what you are talking about.
And that is the kind of activity the government has encouraged by mandating care, and by taking over the responsibility of through programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
The question has to be, what did people do before these programs?
Is there any evidence that thousands of people died in the street because of the lack of insurance coverage? I've never seen any.
Charity hospitals were run through donations or philanthropy.
Locally, Hasbro Childrens Hospital runs through money from the Hassenfeld brothers of the Hasbro toy company headquartered in Pawtucket RI. I know people like to demonize evil rich people, but without Hasbro, two of my children would be in rough shape and my friends kid would likely be dead.
Once a year, the area radio stations hold an on air fund raiser for them which I have gladly donated to.
Do they take insurance? Of course. One hospital can't buck the weight of the Federal government's bad policies. But owing to their location in the city, I would suspect that a large percentage of their patients lack insurance and the hospital seems to be doing fine.