- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)45
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)35
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
Health care cost concerns
As an advocate for health care reform, I have issues with Dr. Michael Wulfers' recent letter. He proposes high deductibles and health savings accounts as solutions for the soaring cost of health care. These are panaceas and do little to address the cost issue. Dr. Wulfers proposes slashing Medicaid and relying on charity to help the poor. Yet a statewide group called Missouri Health Care For All, a coalition of Catholic, Protestant and Jewish leaders, are advocating for more federal involvement and was formed because charities are simply overwhelmed by soaring health care costs.
A recent study concluded that hospitals perform far too many unnecessary tests and procedures. I personally experienced this recently, when I was sent to the emergency room with what had been diagnosed as the flu by a doctor who felt I needed to replenish electrolytes. At the hospital I was again told I had the flu, but was subjected to two hours of tests, including X-ray and MRI. Insurance was billed more than $6,000 for my case of flu.
Medicare and Medicaid are fleeced mercilessly by durable medical equipment and pharmaceutical companies whose lobbyists dole out generous amounts of money in Washington to prevent competition in the procurement process. Hospitals invest millions in opulent facilities, billboards, advertising and, yes, lobbying that could best be redirected to diagnostics and treatment, which would lower costs and save lives.
WILL RICHARDSON, Jackson