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Many individuals not covered by private insurance are covered by government insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, various state and local programs for the poor, and TRICARE and the Veterans Administration, which provide care to veterans, their families, and survivors through medical centers and clinics.[38][39] In 2007, Medicaid provided health care coverage for 39.6 million low-income Americans and Medicare provided health care coverage for 41.4 million elderly and disabled Americans.[6] Enrollment in Medicare is expected to reach 77 million by 2031, when the baby boom generation is fully enrolled.[40] One study estimates that about 25% of the country's uninsured, or roughly another 11 million people, are eligible for government health care programs but unenrolled. However, extending coverage to all who are eligible remains a fiscal challenge.[41] It has been reported that the number of physicians accepting Medicaid has decreased in recent years due to relatively high administrative costs and low reimbursements.[42] In 1997, the federal government also created the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), a joint federal-state program to insure children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford health insurance.[43] SCHIP covered 6.6 million children in 2006,[44] but the program is already facing funding shortfalls in many states.[45] The government has also mandated access to emergency care regardless of insurance status and ability to pay through the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), passed in 1986,[46] but EMTALA is an unfunded mandate.[47]

 

An analysis of the 2002 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey published 2008 found that public spending represented slightly over half (56.1%) of US health care spending. Public spending is highly correlated with age; average per capita public spending for seniors was more than five times that for children ($6,921 versus $1,225). Average public spending for non-Hispanic blacks ($2,973) was slightly higher than that for whites ($2,675), while spending for Hispanics ($1,967) was significantly lower than the population average ($2,612). Total public spending is also strongly correlated with self-reported health status ($13,770 for those reporting "poor" health versus $1,279 for those reporting "excellent" health

 

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Sounds pretty similar to our dental system then (only about a hundred times more expensive)

 

Slippery slope this shit though, only this week the NHS lifted a ban on paying for your own medication.

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Simple question really, what happens if you're not insured?

 

This has been a big issue during the election and was just wondering like.

 

You're fucked!

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They send you here and something vaguely humurous, bloody or heart-warming happens. Sometimes all 3.

 

George_Clooney8x10.jpg

 

 

Geroge and Noah, at the same time *mind wanders*... erm, excuse me for a few minutes...

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8 minutes ago, Sugar Ape said:

How can a country like America require people to use GoFundMe to get Insulin? What a fucked up place. 
 

 

Better dead than Red.

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18 minutes ago, Bjornebye said:

I'm just glad Springsteen changed the words last minute. 

See I was thinking more Kim Wilde but that's because I'm not fruity.

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45 minutes ago, Sugar Ape said:

How can a country like America require people to use GoFundMe to get Insulin? What a fucked up place. 
 

 

 

Jesus Christ. Thats so sad. I'm actually fighting tears. Imagine refreshing a GoFundMe page to see if you are going to fucking LIVE or DIE. Just horrible.

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2 minutes ago, Bruce Spanner said:

 

Yeah, grim as shit.

 

Worth watching for the global comparisons.

It is grim but also compulsive viewing. Him going through the NHS asking where he pays and everyone laughing in his face is pretty good. 

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