- Waller deemed competent to stand trial (1/11/17)5
- Young Elvis impersonator from Bernie performs on 'Ellen DeGeneres Show' (1/12/17)
- Two subjects of interest in 1992 homicide to take polygraph tests (1/15/17)7
- 113 drug tests at Jackson High net one instance of illicit usage (1/11/17)15
- Two men shot after argument; houses also struck by bullets (1/12/17)21
- Business notebook: Jackson salon owner also opens a clothing store (1/16/17)
- Cape SportsPlex contractor offers a look at the project (1/15/17)14
- Two Cape men recovering after shooting (1/13/17)
- Imo's Pizza will be added to Rhodes 101 convenience store in Jackson (1/10/17)16
- Wallingford proposes bill to collect sales taxes on online purchases (1/11/17)30
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