Let’s just cut to the chase: is the American dream affordable, and if not, what changes need to be made to this equation to make it affordable?
The plot thickens… Anybody want to hedge their bets about whether the SEC will have any teeth in this situation? By the way, Standard and Poor’s is at an all-time high today.
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.
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.
This is a strike I can easily support since I rarely eat fast food anyway!
This article explains how 31 people are being laid off from a hospital in Keene, New Hampshire, due to a number of factors including less reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid and problems stemming from high deductible health plans:
Hospital officials said in December recent trends toward high-deductible health insurance plans have apparently led to increases in outstanding bad debt, which includes unpaid patient bills, and also to reductions in the public’s use of some medical services. The number of patients, which at the hospital averages more than 30 filled beds at any one time, is down, and demand for outpatient services is also off.