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Here is the real issue
Authored by: Wol on Sunday, July 01 2012 @ 11:49 AM EDT
Actually, I've thought of a moderately good penalty ...

It relies on having multiple competing providers though. Let's say everybody is
insured through their local GP - lots of small on-the-ground providers. The
pressure is then on the GPs to catch things early, and avoid (as insurers)
incurring large costs down the road.

But it also pressures the emergency system to get things right, if the rule is
"you get paid for getting it right". In this case, the hospital would
have sent the bill for "emergency diagnosis, severe bruising" to the
GP, who would have sent it back with "payment refused, actual injuries
multiple broken bones".

This would then mirror a lot of consumer legislation where you have to provide
"what it says on the tin".

You'd need an ombudsman to sort out disputes, but "get it wrong, you don't
get paid" should fix a fair chunk of the problem.

Cheers,
Wol

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Here is the real issue
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, July 01 2012 @ 08:07 PM EDT
Agree - Sue the hospital - Ive been to emergency on a number of times. My
Mother walked in front of a bus and ended up in intensive care.
In each case the care was as good as Ive seen anywhere in the world BAR
switzerland (and Ive worked in Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, USA (Boston, LA
and San Francisco), Europe (France, UK and Switzerland) and in Victoria, NSW and
ACT in Australia.
The Australian system works very well. Of course there are issues... its
not perfect... but on a comparative scale - we have it pretty good....

I also had USA rels out here last year and we had to take an elderly releative
to hospital emergency. They were shocked that we didnt leave someone by the bed
side of the relative - not for company - but to ensure decent care and
protection.... and they come from a wealthy area of the USA. I would stay with
a child all the time but for company - but have never worried about the care of
any of my family in an Aussie hospital.

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