My cousin sent me this link and my reply is below that.
“This man has guts and boy did he stand up for what he believed in!”
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Permalink Reply by Elena 11 minutes ago
I like how he did his research on Cancer patients. I’m not suprised really.
That’s what tends to happen when big entities start running things they don’t really care about, and when they are more worried about their pocket book than the people in the system.
I think a lot of democrats care about the people and don’t want to see needless suffering, they just forget that the government doesn’t care as much as they do and really won’t run it as well as private companies that do care.
Tanya works for a non-profit. I don’t know if you know that, but anyway she says that the government openly admits that the non-profits do a better job than the government does, so I think that pretty much says it right there!
Health care isn’t broken so much as the INSURANCE companies are broken! They are what’s screwing up our medical system. Those companies are what make it SO expensive to have health care. The insurance people carry to see doctors, and the insurance the doctors have to have.
My favorite example is the Lasik, and Cosmetic surgury industries! Insurance doesn’t cover those, and prices on those things have gone WAY down, and quality has gone up!
Dental is sort of a mixed bag, but if you look you can find good dentists who don’t rip you off every time you breath. 🙂
I actually was emailed information on one of our homeschool groups about a non profit that is providing health care to people without insurance for a flat fee…. This is so much a better set up than gov intervention in my mind! And a best friend of mine is working to create something similar right at this moment! 🙂 I really think this set up will make more of a difference than the plan proposed in Washington DC right now.
Here are the details:
MiniCare’s Mission and Objectives
MiniCare is a 501C3 designated as a public charity by the IRS. Its mission is
simple; provide low cost ($22) primary care to millions of Americans who cannot afford to see a doctor.
The majority of Americans rely on private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid for their health care needs. However, a gap exists between those that have coverage and an estimated 61 million that are either uninsured or underinsured.
While Medicare covers those on Social Security and Medicaid helps those well below the poverty level, there is nothing available for those millions falling within the gap. For many of them, seeing a doctor can be a severe economic burden and in some cases amounts to a choice of putting food on the table or seeing a doctor.
Another source of help comes from the various free clinics that exist throughout the country. These clinics generally provide health care services on a limited basis and most operate on a sliding scale with a mainly volunteer staff.
Unfortunately, due to the number of clinics available, they are unable to
totally fill the gap.
In addition, there has been a large influx of the so called drug store clinics,
one’s operated by major chains such as: Walmart, CVS Drugs, Walgreens along with others who generally provide a quick road to a prescription. Most treat limited ailments and offer no follow up visits. Instead they refer the patient to their primary care physician, most of whom do not have a primary care physician.
MiniCare is unlike any other health care provider. It does not require or accept any type of insurance. Instead, it offers one low fixed cost of $22 to anyone who walks in the door. Its clinics will treat both acute and chronic conditions falling within its scope of practice. MiniCare’s low cost operation is primarily due to its ability to reduce administrative cost through the use of patient self registration kiosks and full use of electronic records.
Many MiniCare patients are expected to qualify for the various free prescription drug programs currently available through the pharmaceutical industry, while others will be provided with generic prescriptions where applicable.
With the help of grants and donations, MiniCare expects be known as the “almost free” neighborhood clinic throughout the country.
Program Design and Implementation
MiniCare will provide comprehensive primary care at a low, fixed cost to the
uninsured and underinsured. Our clinics will be located in areas that are
easily accessible – near shopping centers and on bus lines.
MiniCare’s first clinic is located at 3838 Meadows Lane in Las Vegas and set to open shortly. MiniCare expects to open an additional six clinics within the
Clark County area followed by hundreds more across the nation.
Our current clinic includes:
· 9 examination rooms
· Reception area
· Consultation Room
· Patient registration area
MiniCare’s proposed service:
· To open medical clinics throughout Henderson, Las Vegas and North Las
Vegas in accessible, convenient areas to serve the uninsured and the
· Each clinic is estimated to see 105,000 patient visits per year.
· To maintain a staff of qualified health care professionals.
· To issue magnetic code membership cards that provide access to
members medical and treatment records at any MiniCare clinic.
· To raise additional funds through grants, donations as well as
· To maintain a network of labs and specialty physicians willing to
provide reduced cost to our member referrals.
· To endorse and encourage a “healthy lifestyle” for optimal health.
Patients will register and pay via a credit/debit card or check utilizing
MiniCare’s electronic kiosk. A receptionist will always be on duty to help
anyone who needs assistance. All records will be kept in full compliance with
all HIPPA regulations.
Examinations and assessments will be provided by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or a physician’s assistant. Patient evaluations and satisfaction ratings will be used to assess our effectiveness and quality of care.
Every effort will be made to keep wait time to a minimum. MiniCare’s waiting
room will continuously run short health education videos discussing various
areas of health and to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Management believes that once MiniCare opens it first clinic and has an
operating history there will be tremendous interest in supporting its mission.
Support should come in the form of those using the clinic, small businesses,
corporations, foundations and Local, State and Federal Governments.
MiniCare can grow to nationwide scale much like any other business or
organization – one market at a time. Proven success of the 7 proposed MiniCare clinics in the Las Vegas area will be used as the model to bring the MiniCare concept to other cities and towns.
Small business owners who perhaps cannot afford health insurance for their
employees would be able to subscribe to MiniCare’s “Corporate Membership”.
The individual business would be charged an annual fee based on the number of employees along with a deposit allowing pre-designated employees and their families’ access to any MiniCare clinic based on the prepaid amount remaining.
Future plans call for the issuance of a “Gold Card Membership” allowing for
unlimited visits at a fixed monthly cost.
MiniCare is a 501C3 Public Charity
(and all donations are tax deductible)
MiniCare needs your help and generosity. Please make your donation now or call:
P.S. I already told my reps not to vote for the plan, but you know them. I figure they’ll do whatever the hell they please anyway.