From: Roland van Gaalen on 24 Mar 2010 18:00
One apendectomy costs $ P
Expected number of apendectomies in the whole country = A
Insured population is = N
Premium to insure apendectomies = $ A times P divided by N
Add a small percentage to cover administrative cost
That's more or less how a single-payer works
Question for the right-wingers:
Why are private insurers more efficient in doing this arithmetic?
Roland van Gaalen
From: Howard Brazee on 24 Mar 2010 18:35
On Wed, 24 Mar 2010 22:29:51 +0100, Andrew Rose
>The answer is a state healthcare system paid for out of taxes - but for
>some reason the US seems reluctant to embrace what a vast number of
>other countries see as the obvious best solution.
The primary reason is Big Business has Big Money, and are willing to
share it with politicians to get what they want.
"In no part of the constitution is more wisdom to be found,
than in the clause which confides the question of war or peace
to the legislature, and not to the executive department."
- James Madison
From: David Oberman on 24 Mar 2010 18:47
On Wed, 24 Mar 2010 14:49:51 -0700 (PDT), bpnjensen
>> I just had an excellent colonoscopy right here in La Jolla, CA!
>I'll bet that was fun! Like an amusement park ride! Where can I get
Heh. Bruce, you need to go to a gastroenterologist & tell him that you
have been pooping a little blood lately & that you had a grandfather
with colorectal cancer. He'll suggest a colonoscopy for you, & you
just say, "Well ..... OK!"
I feel that if Beethoven had had a colonoscopy in early summer 1818,
the 48th through 53rd measures of the Adagio of the Op. 106 piano
sonata would have sounded much different.
From: David Oberman on 24 Mar 2010 18:50
On Wed, 24 Mar 2010 23:00:54 +0100, Roland van Gaalen
>One apendectomy costs $ P
But what if the appendectomy is required because the appendix has
ruptured & peritonitis has filled the abdominal cavity? That's what
happened to me, so my appendectomy cost $PPPPPPPPPPPPP.
>Question for the right-wingers:
>Why are private insurers more efficient in doing this arithmetic?
Their math skills are better. Public sector workers sometimes can't
find their calculators.
From: R&B on 24 Mar 2010 18:51
On 2010-03-24 17:40:56 -0400, David Oberman said:
> On Wed, 24 Mar 2010 22:29:51 +0100, Andrew Rose
> <andrew(a)pristineaudio.com> wrote:
>> Emigrate to France - best healthcare system in the world, with the taxes
>> which go to pay for it...
> I just had an excellent colonoscopy right here in La Jolla, CA!
The only problem is, you went in for a root canal.