Dr. Wes: An Open Letter To Patients Regarding Health Reform

For those of us who end up pursuing and eventually actually having bariatric surgery – we think through a lot of things…  What if insurance doesn’t cover weight loss surgery?  What if you end up being a self-pay patient?  Will your follow-up care – whether it be a complication for surgery initially, or just routine care later (labs, DEXA scans, general stay healthy check-ups…) be covered?  There’s lots to think through.

Having traveled to Spain an even dozen times now for health-care related reasons, I can tell you some things about socialized medicine and how things look years down the line.  It’s interesting to hear from folks who live with those systems day-in and day-out.  Even more interesting to see how much more they spend out of pocket – simply out of motivation for basic quality – SAFE! – routine health care, than they ever dreamed possible.

It makes the current political issues – the big huge one this week – health care reform – a potentially really scary place to go.

If you read nothing else today – read this!

Dr. Wes: An Open Letter To Patients Regarding Health Reform.

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What do you make of this?

See http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:s425:

Here’s the brief quip about it: S.425 Title: A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for the establishment of a traceability system for food, to amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspections Act, the Egg Products Inspection Act, and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for improved public health and food safety through enhanced enforcement, and for other purposes.

Some are saying it will be the end of the home organic garden – and quite possibly, the home backyard chicken flock.

I need to go back and read it without post-anesthesia haze and see what I can decipher.

This has the potential to be not pretty.