The good news is that the $460 more that I will spend will cover a panel of 6 blood tests that serve as a substitute for the $2000-7000+ liver biopsy I have been putting off until my platelet count got high enough not to risk bleeding to death, and six other tests, including an electrocardiogram. On lab quoted me $378 for the blood tests. The second quoted me $341. What I figured out is that if I get some of them from the first lab, and some of them from the second lab, they will total $311.. The other panel of 6 ultrasound tests is $149.
Last week 6 July) my local paper had an article about Texas's report on health care, I posted the results. Allow me to repeat it here for those who missed it.
Todays Houston Chronicle': Federal Report ranks state worst in nation for services provided The headline? TEXAS
HEALTH CARE BASHED. World ranked medical center and weak or very weak on 9 of 12 health care delivery
categories. Of course part of that is that we have the nation's highest uninsured populace -- 25% VERY WEAK on
home health care for elderly & disabled who live at home, for diabetes care
BEST SCORE (average) on mortality & potentially avoidable complications of PRIVATELY INSURED PERSONS
BELOW AVERAGE on those for uninsured & those covered by Medicare & Medicaid
DEAD LAST on caring for breast cancer patients under 70
Rick Perry's press secretary's response? "Texas will continue to fight the federal government for more flexibility to
meet our health care challenges, which is crucial to effectively improving our health care system."
Today's paper (9 July) offers this: Fewer Texas doctors taking poor patients
-- Doctors accepting new patients on Medicaid has dropped from 67% in 2000 to 42% in 2010 to 31% this year. This is
due to the Texas Medicaid program reimbursing the doctors at low rates.
-- 27% of Texas patients lack insurance, making Texas last in the nation in % insured.
-- For Medicare, the % of Drs accepting new patients relying solely on it went from 78%in 2000 to 66% in 2010 to 58%
this year. The federally managed Medicare pays better than Medicaid, administered by the state. This time the drop
is attributed to onerous Paperwork.
-- only 46% now accept poor children covered by CHIP
-- Texas medical students leave to take up residencies elsewhere because the state doesn't fund enough positions.
-- The number of primary care physicians in Texas is 72/1000,000 in urban areas, and 52 per 100,000 in rural areas.
Thr national average is 128/100,000. On the other hand the number of obstetricians has grown. Many doctors are
slated to retire over the next 10 years.
Check out these news announcements and stories. Pay attention to the TIMING.
Aug 26, 2009 ... HOUSTON – Gov. Rick Perry today highlighted Texas' efforts to combat the state nursing shortage by further investing in nursing education.
Jul 14, 2010 ... Texas is facing a shortage of 71000 nurses by 2020 as demand continues to outpace supply, the Texas Department of State Health Services ...
Jul 13, 2010 ... The state is facing a shortage of 71000 nurses by 2020 as demand continues to outpace supply, the Texas Department of State Health Services ...
Fall of 2010 ELECTION IN WHICH PERRY IS RE-ELECTED
Aug 29, 2011 ... Day 29: The state has dramatically reduced support for nursing education, meaning Texas will continue to face a critical shortage of registered ...
Mar 30, 2012 ... In response to mounting concern about Texas' nurse shortage, the Texas Legislature created TheTexas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies ...
This is the best medical system in the world?