Unbeknownst to Drones, Government has been in the business of mismanaging health-care for over 200 years.
A brief history of the VA;
"Early beginnings date back to the 1780's. Later, the Secretary of War assumed the responsibility of administering veterans programs in 1818. In 1833, the program was assigned to the Bureau of Pensions. Sixteen years later, this activity was moved from the War Department to the Department of the Interior. The VA health care system has grown from 54 hospitals in 1930, to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 domiciliaries.
On October 25, 1988, President Reagan signed legislation creating a new federal Cabinet-level Department of Veterans Affairs to replace the Veterans Administration effective March 15, 1989.
At the official establishment on March 15, 1989. President Bush hailed the creation of the new Department saying, "There is only one place for the veterans of America: in the Cabinet Room, at the table with the President of the United States of America."
As the 14th department in the executive branch, VA absorbed the activities of the government's largest independent agency. With nearly 240,000 employees, the Department of Veterans Affairs ranks second in size to the Department of Defense."
With 240,000 employee's, how many Veterans are treated annually by the VA? There are 25 million veterans, the VA does not release how many seek treatment. But the VA does release work load reports.
These reports can be found here: http://www.vba.va.gov/reports/mmwr/
The latest quarterly report dated April 20th 2009 provides the following data;
In the USA, there are 404,625 rating cases pending. Other data;
- Rating cases pending OVER 180 days: 84,450 (20%)
- Total cases pending: 706,127
- C and P ratings claims OVER 180 days: 146,455 >>> These are overdue claims
- Number of case appeals: 190,027 >>> These are denied claims appealed by veterans
- Total appeals requiring legal action: 170,625 >>> There are even Websites dedicated to providing Veterans with Legal advice tips if they are having problems with claims: http://knol.google.com/k/jim-strickland/a-military-veterans-guide-to-disability/i4hm0dxfnnzs/23#
To determine annual claims, multiply total cases pending, subtract pending cases over 180 days old (once), multiply by four: net result is an estimated annual claims workload. This does not reflect total number of patient visits, which the VA does not publish. This data provides a snapshot of VA efficiency in claims processing;
- Total claims: 2.7 million
- VA employee's to number of claims Ratio: 1 to 11
- Percentage of Claims over 180 days old: 20%
- Appeals rate: 6%
When you apply these rating percentages to 300 million Americans under Universal Health Care, millions of claims would be delayed over 180 days, and 6% would be denied requiring appeal.
So why do Drones think Government will do any better administering a Universal Health Care program? Government can't even treat wounded warriors without creating miles of red tape. How do they expect the average citizen to fair any better? Government will decide what treatments they will pay for. Government will deny procedures and reject claims they deem unnecessary. Government can't even tie it's own shoe laces without 535 members of congress arguing over how to do it.
Drone Bonus Question: How many Government employees will be required to administer UHC for America? Here is a little help, after this you're on your own: The VA employs 240,000 people to process 2.7 million annual claims.
Beyond the claims, VA inefficiencies are horrendous in administering patient care. While stellar examples exist, horror stories run rampant. This story from the Huffington Post is indicative of VA care;
"With A New VA Scandal, We Need a Military Health Task Force... There's a new Veterans' Administration scandal brewing. A McClatchy investigation suggests that senior VA officials falsified report data and issued misleading public statements about the VA's performance on everything from appointment scheduling to medical outcomes." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rj-eskow/with-a-new-va-scandal-we_b_48818.html
Lest we forget Agent Orange, Gulf War Syndrome, and a large number of other VA scandals that have denied Veterans the care they qualified for. But if a vet is lucky, the VA will simply let them die first before authorizing treatment: "As the Walter Reed scandal rocks Washington, what are the conditions at VA hospitals outside the Beltway? We look at the story of a 58-year-old Vietnam veteran named Willie Dougherty. He died in October after suffering two pelvic fractures. His family says he died because he was refused treatment by the VA" http://www.pacifica.org/program-guide/op,segment-page/segment_id,399/
And for those who might be thinking state managed MEDICARE is any better, think again. There are many examples of MEDICARE denying life-saving treatment, as this example shows: Utah Medicare patients denied life-saving treatment: http://www.primaryimmune.org/admin_content/admin_files/DrHillOp-edinSLT.pdf
And Medicare patients would be advised to keep this link when it comes time to file your MEDICARE claims appeal: http://www.cahealthadvocates.org/_pdf/facts/A-006-CHAFactSheet.pdf
And Drones want Government managed healthcare? Apparently we have no other choice under the current administration, since almost ZERO opposition exists among rank-and-file democrats and their electorate.
All aboard the Socialism Express >>> Next Stop..... Health Care Hell.
Drone Challenge: Explain how Government managed health care is going to Improve the quality of everybody's Health Care. No babbling... stick with facts and provide references.