It’s two AM on a Monday night. Your six year old wakes up crying. “Mommy, I don’t feel good.” You sit on the edge of your child’s bed and ask, “What’s the matter, honey?”. The answer is, “I’ve got a belly ache” or “ my head hurts” or some other generic symptom. What is a good parent to do in this year 2021.
You wrap up your child and head for the nearest 24 hour Walgreen’s or whatever chain drugstore it is that has become the first stop on the road to government controlled medical care in your area. The twenty-four hour stores will have mini-clinics staffed by a trained para-medical clinician. Perhaps this person will be a nurse practitioner or maybe a druggist that has received additional training. They will give basic medical care and send you home, or send you farther into the system to a hospital if it is warranted.
One other alternative is the walk in clinics, staffed by doctors, that have become popular in many densely populated areas of the country. Unfortunately, most of these close by nine or ten o’clock at night. If your condition is serious enough you might call 911, but most of these little emergencies are just a child that needs a little medical attention, not intensive care.
You won’t be calling your personal physician. He will be part of a medical conglomerate, that sees patients only by appointment. Those appointments are to be made at least three months ahead of time. Your personal physician will deal with your overall long term health, not those emergencies that keep families up and sleepless through the night.
If you are bleeding profusely, have intense angina, or are peaking a fever over one hundred and four, the rescue squad will take you to the nearest hospital. That is, if you live in an area where you can call 911 and have EMTs show up at your door. Short of that, you are on your own.
You see, medical services have changed. The government is in charge and they have rules. Those rules may seem harsh to us but they are there to prevent people from taking advantage of the system. Government controls have long since driven competition out of the insurance business. So health care has become a single payer system as the politicians originally wanted.
The government controlled fees that doctors are allowed to charge has driven many doctors out of the practice of medicine. One or two doctors in an office cannot afford the overhead that is necessary to comply with government regulations and paperwork. Those doctors that remain, have been forced to join large group practices where the overhead is spread out over hundreds of doctors.
Of course, that has created problems for those that live in rural areas. It could be forty miles or more, in some cases, to get to one of the drug store mini-clinics. It could be hours to one of the group practices or to a hospital. The people that devised the system are attuned to urban areas. They don’t understand country living and don’t identify with the people that prefer it.
Remember when all this started? You were told you could keep your insurance plan. Wrong. You could keep your doctor. Mostly wrong. Remember when they vigorously denied that there would be death panels? They now call them medical care utilization committees. This is a group of people, answerable only to the President, that may not even have any medical training, that will decide what medications and treatments are available. Possibly right down to the individual patient. And, yes, they will look at cost effectiveness. That should send a chill up your spine.
The Democrat party, the party of control, had been trying to take over health care since Hillary Clinton came up with Hillary Care and almost got the Clintons drummed out of the White House. Under Barack Obama, they finally did get control, and the average citizen gets to pay more money for poorer service. Did anyone actually expect anything different with the government in charge.