Today, I read in Reuters that President Obama is busy setting up his health care reform office. His plan? To make health care affordable and accessible to everyone. I like that plan.
As a little bit of background, I have worked in and been a patient in the both in the United Kingdom and the United States. I personally understand the challenges of both health care systems. On the one hand, you have socialism: everyone has access to health care, and presriptions are affordable. You don't have to choose between paying your rent and going to the hospital for treatment. Sadly, it means waiting lists for procedures and treatments that are not considered medically necessary. Ever been a part of an HMO? It's kind of like that. Just bigger.
On the other hand, you have a capatalist system: insurance companies want bang for their buck, and health care costs skyrocket based on what is and isn't covered by your plan. If you have a plan, that is. Sure, you can get any kind of care you want. But it'll cost ya!
Why am I discussing health care and politics in my chronic pain blog? Well, it's very simple. Health care premiums are on the rise, and a growing number of Americans are without any kind of health care coverage at all. This means that millions upon millions of Americans do not have access to the help that they need. Chronic pain treatments cost money. Doctor's visits, procedures and medications are expensive even with insurance. For those without, they may not be affordable at all.
I don't know if Obama's plan will "fix" things, but in my opinion it certainly couldn't make things any worse than they already are. If the potential exists for more people with chronic pain to have access to quality health care, then I say bring it on!