2007/08/15

24 Hours of Good News - Locally Universal Health Care

After only 6 weeks of operation, San Francisco's foray into the world of universal health care has already signed up all the participants it expected before the end of August. The 1000th member enrolled late last week, and with 30 to 40 people joining the program each day, the goal of covering the city's 82,000 eligible uninsured will be reached in just 18 to 24 months.

Though the program is not insurance and is does not extend outside the city limits, it provides basic preventative health care, urgent care, prescription drugs, and surgery to adults who do not qualify for Medicare or Medi-cal and who don' t have access to insurance. So...for the unemployed, underemployed, self-employed, and those excluded by insurers due to pre-existing conditions, the program is a boon. Only time will tell if this kind of health-care experimentation will pay off with wider adoption because, if it does catch on, it's sure to put the fear of God into the for-profit managed health-care industry, not to mention the GOP.

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Massachusetts still has thousands of uninsured. The official start of the mandatory health care plan was July 1.
Hey Abi...long time no hear.

About Massachusetts plan...that's mandatory insurance, right? Required of all residents, and supplied by the state for the uninsured and underinsured, I thought. Our program is really just a health care plan handled identified clinics and public providers--no insurance involved--a very different beast, I think.
Kvatch, it looks good on a local level. What about the people who have policies, but whose providers deny them the coverage they need?

The provision of health services is far too important to be left to corporations whose desire for profit trumps care.
Kvatch, it looks good on a local level. What about the people who have policies, but whose providers deny them the coverage they need?

At the moment the program doesn't provide health care if you already have insurance. Though it will cover you if you've been denied completely due to a pre-existing condition.
Kudos to San Francisco for having a heart and showing concern for the uninsured. The earning levels are pretty low, but its a baby step in the right direction for now.

(I don't see how a family of 4 can survice on $21,000 in your area.)

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