Wednesday, May 27, 2009

MassHealth: Proving Us Right

We've maintained all along that health insurance "solutions" do nothing to resolve the underlying problem of constantly increasing health care costs. And we've spent the past several years chronicling Massachusetts' (failing) efforts at forcing a government-backed plan on an unsuspecting populace.
But what do we know?
A good bit, as it turns out:
And that's just the intro.
It's not just about increasing costs, either: even though The Bay State has more docs (per capita) than any of the other 56, average wait times have burgeoned, and it's become more and more difficult to even see certain specialists (like OB-GYN's, for example). This is apparently due in large part to so many "newly insured" (on the public's dime, of course) suddenly seeking health care. It's a major "be careful what you wish for" moment, of course: when something's free (or nearly so), demand skyrockets (cf: breakfast at Denny's).
And that's the dilemna, really: when the "solution" merely addresses the symptom (cost and availability of health insurance) without regard for the underlying problem (cost and availability of health care), then there is no real solution at all.
UPDATE: On the other hand, perhaps this idea has merit.
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