Monday, August 17, 2009

Reading Material

I've been reading some Op Ed pieces in the New York Times and I have been startled…no disgusted is a better word. The subject of the two articles I read was elders and health care costs. Both authors were of the opinion that the crisis in health care has come about because we spend too much money on health care for Grandma and Grandpa. Not one sentence, not one word was wasted on exploring the idea that there might be other costs that have brought about this 'crisis'. Pharmaceutical companies were not mentioned nor were the health insurance companies. The fact that our health care system is outdated wasn't mentioned; yes, patient records are still on paper and not digitized. I've heard rumors that collusion and scams cost Medicare millions of dollars a year, but that wasn't mentioned in the article either. It was all about us, the elders, who are the cause of it all. Think about it…we are.

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