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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New Health Care Laws DON'T Create Better Health Care Access

Well it's signed, sort of a done deal for now, even though the States will appeal it all the way to the Supreme Court. You know what I'm talking about...Health Care Legislation. So now ALL Americans will have to purchase health insurance. But those of us in the health care business know that having health insurance doesn't equal having access to care. Just this month, The journal Cancer, revealed research out of Dartmouth Medical School that states, "When African American and white cancer patients are treated at similar specialized cancer care institutions, mortality rates are roughly equal," yet overall cancer mortality among African Americans is significantly higher that among white patients. This study shows what those of us in health care already know...where patients are treated can greatly influence outcomes. So Joe Smith who lives in rural North Dakota and Jane Doe who lives in New York City can now have the same health insurance plans thanks to Obama...but in the end it doesn't matter, because the disparity in access to care has not changed, and Joe Smith is more likely to die...even though Joe and Jane have the same illness. Oh, and because Joe Smith and Jane Doe were forced by the government to buy insurance, Joe's family doesn't have any money left over to pay for his funeral.