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ldbf said...

Chicken wingers will really freak about this!

//Lower Costs For Employees And Montana

The state contracts with a private company to run the facility and pays for everything — wages of the staff, total costs of all the visits. Those are all new expenses, and they all come from the budget for state employee healthcare.

Even so, division manager Russ Hill says it's actually costing the state $1,500,000 less for healthcare than before the clinic opened.

"Because there's no markup, our cost per visit is lower than in a private fee-for-service environment," Hill says.

Physicians are paid by the hour, not by the number of procedures they prescribe like many in the private sector. The state is able to buy supplies at lower prices.

Bottom line: a patient's visit to the employee health clinic costs the state about half what it would cost if that patient went to a private doctor. And because it's free to patients, hundreds of people have come in who had not seen a doctor for at least two years.// http://www.npr.org/2013/07/30/206654000/montanas-state-run-free-clinic-sees-early-success

July 31, 2013 at 6:20 p.m.
ldbf said...

Whine, whine, whine - and no solutions. Those chicken wingers just don't care about their fellow Americans having access to healthcare. Don't know why anyone would have thought it was going to be free - that was never on the table. But I'll bet that woman, if she's truly making so little with two jobs, would qualify for some subsidizing. Oh, what, doesn't qualify for what? Medicaid? Yeah, well, some states I know chose to not get extra fed money that could have been applied toward Medicaid. Cry me a river!

July 31, 2013 at 6:11 p.m.
ldbf said...

A forum is generally described as a medium for open discussion of ideas. This is not a forum - this is a lecture pushing a one-sided pro-corporate view. Tea party is nothing but a tool for corporate interests, all while claiming to be about We the People.

July 17, 2013 at 2:32 p.m.
ldbf said...

Drew, you're pretty cold on Head Start, and it sounds like you just have preconceived ideas on wanting a voucher system so you're going to interpret (or let Fox interpret) the HHS study results to suit your agenda. Actually, I doubt you have actually looked at the study for yourself. Reuters examines it a little more thoroughly (and includes some other studies); Fox, well, is just Fox! Shame on you for your callousness!

//The program works to serve the most at-risk children, including those who are disabled, homeless or living in extreme poverty. It also enables families to advocate for their children by including them in program governance and ensuring that children and their families have access to education, housing, healthcare, nutrition and other support services.

The goal is to prepare children for success in kindergarten, extend outcomes beyond the classroom and contribute to overall preparedness for life.

That Head Start prepares children for kindergarten is clear from the findings of the HHS study. There also is overwhelming evidence, from hundreds of studies over four decades, that Head Start children benefit from the program throughout their lives.// http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/12/27/does-head-start-work/

May 10, 2013 at 12:55 p.m.

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