Our terrific commenter and friend, Mal, wrote this in a Comment on Friday and I wanted to share it with all of you who didn’t see it. We were talking health care and, finally, in a response to FB, who said some of us paying our own way might be a better way to attack healthcare, Mal wrote these two comments:
“FB, you’re spot on. It was much cheaper before everyone had coverage. Example….between May 1955 and Jan. 1962 we had 4 children with no insurance. The hospital was $35/day, the OBGYN charged $250 FOR THE ENTIRE 9 MONTHS, and the anesthesiologist was $80, which was very cheap even for that time, and all would take payments w/o interest. No sweat. Everything went to Hell after we began having medical insurance.
Oh! And those that needed extra costly procedures usually got covered by family, friends, or the church. It became a community problem.”
How many of you think we could ever go back to that again? How about doctors who didn’t charge interest and waited for the payments to be made as their patient could afford to pay? How about the community (church, family, friends) all helping a family in need? How about how everything was cheaper before coverage?
Interesting that shrinking churches today are in situations where they simply haven’t the congregation money to help families in their communities like they used to. A lot of the shrinking has been ‘blamed’ on the way the media and schools so insult and belittle faith….Machiavellian? Forcing families toward GOVERNMENT?
Mal’s family didn’t need GOVERNMENT…..
Do you think most Americans would EVER accept actually paying for their own medical needs? I believe premiums alone for many families and employers are higher than the average needs of a family or an employee, don’t you?
Let’s talk about Mal’s comments…..doesn’t that sound like a BETTER WORLD TO YOU?
And THANK, Mal!