Although any suggested changes by either party will be met with rigid opposition by the other party, I thought of a simple idea that seems like a nice improvement, something that would safeguard the stupid old public while at the same time not victimizing the poor medical community, and I'd like to get the opinions of some people who are not rabidly Republican or Democrat. How about passing a law that says hospitals are required to get all of their billing together at one time before they approach you for payment? That would not mean they would have to wait until the end of your treatment / illness / life to collect - it would be perfectly okay to bill by the month. It would just mean that they would have to consolidate a list of treatment inflicted on you from all their doctors, departments, branches, and labs, in-house and outsourced, then present you with an itemized bill marked "Final" before expecting you to make payments. True, their incompetence could cost them as patients could refuse to pay any stealth ninja bills they try to resurrect in the years to come, but that's called "living in the real world". Does anyone think I would even be gainfully employed if I demonstrated their consistent idiocy on the job? And I process data - I don't care for sick people.
I know I'm thinking of my own situation, but ask yourself if anyone not on death row deserves my billing treatment. To condense my experience with the Deathstar billing sadists since July of this year, it's been like:
"Here is your bill for June. And here is your bill for July. And here is another bill for June. We know you're making payments and should be finished by Novemeber, but we're going to turn you over to a collections agency anyway. And here is a bill for June FROM 2008. And here is another bill for June (as soon as your mean old insurance company lets it through)."
The current system makes me feel like a slot machine wherein instead of them saying "he's dropped his jackpot - let's move on" they shout "Hey, everybody, this one's paying out - PILE ON!"
Note - this would need to be a federal bill because I think the states have proven to be too inconsistent to handle this sort of thing. I'm sure you would be okay if you live in one of those heathen communist socialist gay hippie Pacific Northwest states, but those of us deep in Xtianland have to deal with lawmakers whose reasonableness test for safeguarding the public consists of asking themselves "What would Jesus do?" The apparent answer to that is "Protect the interests of big business at all costs, and label the public as being selfish and unpatriotic if they ask for help." It kind of goes back to the biblical story about how Jesus saw the money-lenders in the temples and then, in a fit of rage, he kicked the shit out of a poor beggar for not having enough money to pay Caesar's taxes. I think that's in the new testament in II Bob or something - look it up your damn self, lazy pukes.