Interesting dynamic here!
Social Work as a profession is now in higher demand than ever. Now is the time to advocate for equitable salaries in the medical and psychiatric fields.
But it’s worth noting — whatever the faults of Obamacare, we do not want to go back to the system as it was before. We just need to get Obamacare to work for the middle class and vulnerable populations.
Money shot quote from a compelling article by Greg Scandlen about the schizophrenic effects of High Deductible Health Plans:
I don’t expect physicians to double as financial advisers, but I agree that they should be more aware of the costs of the treatments they prescribe. In my own case, my doctor prescribed a blood pressure medication. When I went to fill the prescription I discovered it was enormously expensive. I went back to my Doc to see if there was something more affordable available. No one had ever asked him about that, but when he looked into it, by golly there was a list of 25 different meds with prices ranging 1,000 percent, all equally effective.
That is the effect of an empowered consumer. Ultimately physicians will respond to the demands of their patients and as more of us are paying cash for services, we will insist on cost considerations far beyond what any third party payer could do. Unfortunately, the ObamaCare approach is far too clumsy to be effective in empowering consumers. The great advantage of funded HSAs is they give patients the means to pay the bill, but also get them to think twice about the costs. It is a carefully balanced approach to growing educated patients. ObamaCare just throws people in the deep end of the pool without any support. It is cruel and mean spirited — just what you might expect from the government.
However wrong this may seem, in my mind it’s a better option than care simply being uncompensated and falling on the provider or the facility to take the hit. At least in this model, there is some revenue stream going for care, even if it is basically a servitude for service model.
Something will need to be done about this.