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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Vists to the Chop & Stitch Hotel

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It's very likely you have complained in the past that hospitals discharge (a polite word for saying kicked out) patients before said patient is really ready to be discharged.

Some things come to immediate mind. Are you a physician? How much do you know about the course, treatment and followup care for the condition which landed the person in the Chop & Stitch Hotel in the first place? What makes you qualified to express an opinion?

Those in the medical field "practice" what they do for a reason. It is not an exact science. If your alternator goes out in your vehicle, replace it with an identical (except functioning) model and you're good to go. That replacement alternator will work on thousands of vehicles exactly the same.

If something goes wrong in your body, well, the medicos can do what they can, but every person is different and will react differently.

If we were all the same and would do the same things, medical work could be as precise as auto repair.

But. Sometimes folks are put back on the street before they need to be. The omnibus health care nightmare that needs to be taken out and shot at high noon in a public street makes an attempt to address this.
Who is at fault here?

In other words, Osamacare is trying to cut down on hospital re-admissions. Hospitals that have too many re-admissions will be fined.

That may sound wonderful, awesome, great, fine and the kind of thing you want on your sliced bread.

Think again.

I reiterate - ...every person is different and will react differently.

This health care bill provision is holding hospitals hostage to patients.

Let me put that another way.
Next exit. Get it? NEXT exit. You never get there.

Government can fine YOU based on what someone else does. You have no control over that someone else.

Is that fair?

YOU = hopsital. Someone else = idiot who won't do what the doctor said to do.

Doctors and hospitals cannot force patients to adhere to the care plan after the patient is discharged. But the nightmare health care bill forces the hospitals to pay the consequences if the patient doesn't.

This story does mention a program that has cut back on one case of hospital re-admissions. It says this could be a way to cut costs and let hospitals avoid fines for re-admissions.

And, it absolutely will work. Just as soon as scientists learn to graft wings to pigs that will let them fly.
A wallet-ectomy. Where the doctor removes your wallet through your nose.

But in this place I call reality, it ain't gonna work. This hospital fine provision is simply going to increase the cost of going to the hospital.

Why? Because patients will be kept longer in high-risk cases, driving up the cost of their care.

Why? The hospital knows its gonna be fined and can project that fine to be X amount. So where is the hospital gonna get the money?

From the people who pay hospital bills, mostly insurance companies. Where do insurance companies get their money? From people who have insurance.

And so the cost of health care rises yet again.

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