Why Is It Government’s Job to Pay for Hospital Supplies?

Our Industrial Medical Complex is out-of-control, and we know this by looking at the cost of healthcare, medicines, health insurance, and hospital stays. We are getting reamed by the system, and there is nothing we can do about it. Adam Smith warned us about the risks of big business and industry cozying up to the government in an incestuous relationship, and well, that’s exactly what has happened.

All these problems did not happen overnight, call it a comedy of errors, or rather a comedy of corruption that has brought us to where we are today. And, let’s not shoot the messenger here, rather let’s spend a few minutes to discuss all this.

We watched the growth of HMOs thanks to favorable laws created to help bigtime campaign contributors. We then watched the consolidation of the industry. We saw HIPPA laws put smaller systems and hospitals out of business unable to comply with the new mandates, or afford huge computer systems. Why? Well, Silicon Valley donors wanted to sell more enterprise software and hardware, and the hospital sector’s top players loved the idea, as it would provide more barriers to entry as the big boys grew bigger and gained more political power.

The Industrial Medical Complex continued to grow when Bush II signed into law the coverage of medicines to seniors. The Pharmaceutical Industry never had it better, the government became their best customer, one with unlimited funds.

The Obama Administration put forth a plan “ObamaCare” that would essentially guarantee anyone who couldn’t afford health insurance to have any medical services or medicines they needed, FREE. Well, it wasn’t free, remember that nearly all private insurance plans had a 200% increase in cost to pay for all the free people. It turned out to be amazing the number of doctor’s visits, medical services, and pharma drugs that doctors and their patients could come up with as ‘needed’.

Okay so, these are merely a few of the things that made the industrial medical complex so powerful. Today, as the Corona Virus is causing havoc, we see hospitals complaining they might be overrun, and collapse because they don’t have enough protective gear, medical staff, or ventilators. It is claimed that they were not prepared for this Corona Virus or such a run on the need for ICU beds or ventilators. But, why not?

These health care organizations have been overcharging us for decades, they have plenty of money to buy what they need, and global supply chains. All of a sudden, they can’t handle a pandemic? Why do we need the industrial medical complex if it cannot perform? Instead, they need help from the government. They want monetary support, and for the government to pay for their equipment and supplies? WTH? Why?

Because they supposedly could have never anticipated such a worldwide pandemic? Really, I mean over the years I’ve read lots of reports stating that ‘it’s not if, but when’ a pandemic will hit us. Why didn’t they prepare, why didn’t they have supplies in storage? Think how much money they’ve taken from clients, patients, and customers? How much money they’ve gotten from the government for taking care of people’s health, or how much they’ve soaked from health care insurance companies that have passed that cost, plus more onto all of us?

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Some Thoughts on the Coronavirus Covid-19

With the entire world buckling under the strain of the domino effect of the coronavirus on society, and people finding various ways to cope with the stress of it all, it seemed appropriate to drop a few observations into the pot.

It does not do any good to become paralysed with fear and anxiety over this thing. Like a hurricane or a wildfire, these things come along and they kill people, but they pass. And this too will pass. We need to be careful, super-hygenic and sensible, remaining calm and drinking lots of tea to make us feel better!

Many people are panicking as can be seen by the compulsive buying of toilet paper and other goods. With something like this, where you can actually do very little to avoid being infected, people are grabbing at things that they CAN do so that at least they feel like they are doing SOMETHING. But in fact the best thing that they can do is just minimise physical interaction with other people, and stay in their houses or accommodation as much as possible.

Just to repeat at this point, the avoidance actions you can take against the virus: Wash your hands with a virus killing anti-bacterial soap after touching anything outside your house. Do not touch your face at all until you have washed your hands. Do not get closer than 2 metres to other people. (One metre is suggested but I think this is a bit optimistic, and I would be happier with 3 or more metres personally – you can still have a conversation at a distance of 3 metres.) Do not congregate in crowds. Use hand sanitizer if you can’t wash your hands, and then wash them with soap and water as soon as you are able. Don’t shake hands with anybody, and of course, no kissing anyone outside of your own family or house. Eradicate physical contact with anybody outside your house until this is over.

Some people say that this is a punishment from God for the sins of the leaders of the nations, which could well be true. Others say that the Chinese launched this virus on purpose in order to drive overseas stocks down so they could buy up western companies at a fraction of their price. This is also a possibility. Others say it was caused by the unhygienic wild animal eating habits of the Chinese, which caused the virus to jump species, which is the most popular theory. I myself am still collating all the information and sifting out the fake news to try to make sense of the outbreak. What is pretty certain is that it was caused by a combination of greed and poverty.

What we actually need to do is support those who have tested positive, send them messages of encouragement and hope. Also be super supportive of nursing staff and doctors, and also any of those people who have to keep on working to ensure that you have food and supplies. Be kind to everyone at this time, putting aside petty irritations. Everyone is anxious to some degree, so give people some rope, and always be encouraging.

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