Critical conditions …
Thank you for the interesting article (“Medicaid enrollment, spending hit state budgets, Kaiser report finds,” Modern Healthcare.com, Sept. 30). I think the Kaiser Medicaid article just hits the tip of the iceberg though.
With more than 46 million uninsured, and untold numbers of underinsured, we have a growing population that is putting off needed healthcare. As their conditions worsen, they will enter the system in much worse condition and in far greater numbers than those of just a couple of years ago.
This will be especially true for those with existing and emerging chronic conditions. It is an accident of our healthcare system that is waiting to happen—a huge bubble that will hit very soon.
One way or another, we will have to foot the bill for this. We can try to do it, and manage it through a national health plan (warts and all), or we can wait until we feel the crush of the desperately ill on our pocketbooks ... or we can step over the bodies in the streets.
We have defeated the first option in the halls of Congress, and we are not going to ignore the dying, so I guess we will just open our wallets. It’s like the guy in the oil commercial used to say, “You can pay me now, or you can pay me later.” We will certainly pay. Tom Campbell
Consultant Campbell Health Management