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Published: Thursday, March 27 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Yeah, but if you want more, another test or something, and don't get it? Then you've been subject to the decision of a death panel. Right?

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

" Maybe you spilled something on your shirt, and wiping it with your napkin just enlarged the stain."

Admitting there is a stain on your shirt is the first step.

And we do have a problem. Costs are skyrocketing and the population is aging. Look at any numbers.

Are you concerned about the deficit? Look at the drivers going forward. Medicare and Medicaid costs WILL bankrupt this country if nothing is done.

And the best solution may not square well with the Democrats ideology. And it may not fit well with the GOP ideology.

The question becomes. Do you want a solution, or do you want to push party ideology? The two may be in concert and they may not.

It is time to put solutions for America ahead of what your party pushes.

This is how I would define patriotism in today's partisan world.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The more tests and procedures a doctor does, the more he or she gets paid. Asking doctors to do less is asking them to take a pay cut. Most won't do it.

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

When we have drug companies pushing their latest products (drugs and procedures) on us, through ads, and through indoctrinating our doctors (and probably kickbacks too), it is very likely that we would be better off with less medical.

BTW ER doctors are told by their hospital to do as many tests as they can remotely justify, to pay for those expensive machines.

I don't really think "less is more" makes sense, but "less is better" sure does!

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

If we put skepticism aside and only expect doctors and hospitals to do whatever it is that is best for the patient, we'll have a "good" health system.

Each of us is different. We respond to drugs in slightly different ways. My wife and I took the same blood pressure medication. It worked for me, but it caused my wife to constantly cough. The pill is inexpensive, but it didn't work for her. It lowered her blood pressure. If the government decided that we had to take the least expensive medication that "fixed" the primary problem, she would be "cured" of high blood pressure but she would cough forever. When she started coughing, we carefully checked the "side effects" of her medication. It clearly stated that it could cause coughing. We asked her doctor if she could try a different medication. The doctor insisted on taking X-rays first to rule out cancer. When the X-rays were normal, the doctor changed the medication. The doctor tried the most expensive test before trying the simple solution.

Utah Soldier
Bountiful, UT

@ Mike Richards -

The reason the physician ordered the X-ray is that had he not, AND if your wife were later diagnosed with cancer, then there could potentially be a lawsuit for negligent care. That is one reason so much "defensive medicine" is practiced.

GZE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

The answer is to have a long-term relationship with your health care provider - something that our current system of employer supplied insurance hinders. It's difficult when your doctor doesn't accept your insurance of the year.

I've been really lucky. My doctor takes all insurances. My dentist actually affiliated with a plan because that's what a large local employer switched to and he wanted to keep his patients.

Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

To "Hutterite" under private health insurance no, you are not subject to a death panel. The death panels exist in situations where the government controlls all of the labs and doctors. Think NHS in England or other nations with nationalized healthcare.

In the US, if you want something your insurance doesn't cover, you pull out your wallet and pay for it.

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

@JoeBlow "Costs are skyrocketing..."

That's impossible. President Barack Obama promised us his health care reform would bend the cost curve down. The President wouldn't lie. How are you planning to spend your $2500?

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