Questions tagged [healthcare]

Questions related to the sociopolitical fundamentals of healthcare (i.e. access to healthcare in a given country) regarding the policies regulated and/or supplied by governments.

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Have any Republican senators announced they'll oppose the motion to proceed on 2017-07-26?

This Axios article describes what the Senate is planning to do tomorrow on Healthcare. First they'll vote on a motion to proceed on the House Republican Healthcare bill, the AHCA. Assuming it passes,...
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What are the ramifications of eliminating the MLR requirement in ACA

The House and Senate bills for healthcare reform would eliminate the Federal requirement that insurance carriers pay out (for actual clinical care) at least 80 cents for every premium dollar collected....
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Purchase of Healthcare insurance across County borders - why prohibited?

Why does the ACA exchange prohibit purchase of individual healthcare policies across county boundaries? I can understand the argument as to why some (most) states prohibit purchase across state lines ...
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Have high risk health insurance pools been tried in practice?

I have heard contradictory opinions on having high risk pools as a (partial) solution to healthcare direction in US. Some stating it's a good idea, some that it would blow up spectacularly if ...
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Has single-payer healthcare been actually introduced as a proposed bill recently?

Have any US Senate or House-of-Representatives members introduced a bill mandating a universal, single-payer health care system? Say, over the past 5 years? I've heard a lot of talk about how this is ...
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How does religion interfere with medical practice in US?

I have recently watched a short documentary about abortion and refusal of performing such procedures due to religious reasons in my native country. The legislation is not clear, since two rights seem ...
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Does the Senate Healthcare bill alter Obamacare's pre-existing conditions provisions?

Liberal political blogger Kevin Drum just said this, based on his initial read of the Senate Healthcare bill proposed by Republicans: This is tentative, but…. I’ve just taken a quick look at the ...
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What happens when there are no ACA marketplace options?

According to this article, Anthem is withdrawing from most insurance markets in Ohio: Based on current company footprints, this would appear to leave 20 rural Ohio counties at risk of lacking a ...
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How could California finance a single-payer healthcare scheme with only a payroll tax

Apparently there's a legislative initiative in California to create a single-payer state-level healthcare system - see this story for example. I've noticed, however, that the plan may be financed ...
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Why does the government enact policies against obesity (from a purely economics based perspective)?

Taking the US and UK as examples, their respective governments are often implementing policies which seek to reduce obesity. A form of deterrence used is increased taxes on 'junk food' to promote ...
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Why doesn't Canada or any other country extend universal health care to Americans? [closed]

People could contribute premiums the same as if it was income tax. In other words, what says that universal health care in America needs to be provided by congress? Couldn't another country beat ...
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Why are there still developed countries with low cigarette prices?

The negative effects of smoking are long proven and nearly every country in the world has committed to fight the practice. It is also well known what causes people to quit smoking - high prices, ...
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Why was pre-Obama healthcare considered by some to be a failed market?

Normally, a market with no monopolists in it is assumed to make anything that can be made affordable, and for which there is a wide demand, to become affordable rather sooner than later, since anyone ...
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What are the arguments for privatising the National Health Service in the UK?

What are the arguments for privatising the National Health Service in the UK? Bounty Note: The answer should include official statements from MPs (current or previous) and credible sources (such as ...
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Does the American Health Care Act include a defined list of preexisting conditions?

I have seen many people denouncing the AHCA because it defines certain things as preexisting conditions, such as rape, abuse, or mental health treatment. Does the AHCA contain any list of preexisting ...
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Why are so many Americans against Obamacare?

What is it about Obamacare that so many Americans are against such that it became an election pledge to repeal it? I could understand a candidate promising tax cuts and then after being elected ...
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What are some of the changes between the amended Republican American Health Care Act and the original one?

What are the some of the major differences between the amended Republican American Health Care Act (AHCA) which was released on Apr 22 to the original one which voting was cancelled due to the lack of ...
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Why is the withdrawal of the American Health Care Act such a devastating blow for Trump and Ryan?

The AHCA was withdrawn without it going to a vote. The media is playing it out like this is a humiliating defeat for Donald Trump and Paul Ryan and there are even talks that Ryan may need to resign as ...
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What are the differences between the proposed Republican health care plan and the Affordable Health Care Act?

Most media websites have been focusing on certain points due to their bias so I have been unable to find a list of actual differences between the Affordable Health Care Act and the new proposed ...
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Why is it so hard to achieve an efficient health system within US?

This paper (check ANNEX) places United States on 37th position in terms of medical systems "efficiency" (I cannot tell the date when this study was made). Efficiency is computed using various ...
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Two sets of laws, but the president chooses which set is active

Would it be possible for congress to enact two sets of laws for healthcare, one authored by Democrats and the other by Republicans? What I'm suggesting is a single, large bill that starts with a ...
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Why can't Americans purchase health insurance across state lines?

What is the logic for not allowing purchase of health insurance across state lines? Who is responsible for this situation? And why did they do it?
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How does Obamacare save lives?

So I'm having this argument. I see people on the news testify that if Obamacare is repealed, then they won't be able to pay for their preexisting condition and will die. However, the opponents argue ...
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Why did the GOP change their strategy regarding the Affordable Care Act from ‘Repeal’ to ‘Repair’?

The repair language was discussed by Republicans during their closed-door policy retreat in Philadelphia last week as a better way to brand their strategy. Some of that discussion flowed from views ...
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How would the cost for health insurance change in Germany, if 40% instead of 90% were part of statutory insurance?

In Germany, health insurance is compulsory. About 90% of the citizens are covered by statutory health insurance (Gesetzliche Krankenversicherung), whereas the other 10% are covered by private health ...
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Why do the USA and the European Union treat GMOs so differently?

According to the sources cited within this paragraph, there is a scientific consensus that "currently available food derived from GM crops poses no greater risk to human health than conventional food, ...
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Why is imposing vaccination / immunization so hard to achieve?

This has been in my mind for a while, so I am breaking the ice on the politics site. I am living in Romania (Eastern European country within the European Union), so this question might be too ...
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Would it be feasible to give younger, healthier americans the ability to buy into medicare? [closed]

I think having my healthcare tied to my employer is a bad system for both them and me. If we had a system where folks could pay 200 bucks a month for medicare coverage, instead of duking it out as an ...
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What are some of the impediments to the dismantlement of Obamacare

Seemingly President Trump and a GOP Congress could dismantle Obamacare and replace it with a different solution in a matter of days. What are some of the nuances that would prevent a rapid ...
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What's the main road block for universal health care in the US

I just got back from the dentist and was robbed blind (as usual) I do have insurance but even than I paid $1100 for a root canal, $100 for x-rays, and $400 for re-implanting a tooth that fell out. I'm ...
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In what way are the Liberal party of Australia trying to privatise medicare

At the moment (June 2016) the Australian Labour Party are running a campaign (tv mostly) claiming the Liberals are trying to privatise medicare. What are the actual plans or events that point towards ...
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To what extent are views on vaccination and anthropogenic climate change correlated and why?

A majority of scientists hold the opinions that children should be vaccinated and that climate change is caused mostly by human activities such as burning fossil fuels. There are groups opposing both ...
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How did health care work before Australia had medicare?

Medicare is the Australian public healthcare system, what did Australia have before it existed.
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Why didn't Liberal states all have state run health care?

For many years, there were attempts at making national health care coverage, which finally passed as the ACA. The ACA ("Obamacare") was controversial vis a vis constitutionality (it won by a five-...
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Why aren't people on Medicaid in the US punished for poor health habits?

With my insurance, I have to pay extra because I smoke. However in my line of work I see people who are on Medicaid and don't pay a dime for their coverage are constantly abusing drugs, but they are ...
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Which religious groups have made use of the religious exemption under Obamacare?

In Islam, for example, conventional insurance is usually considered haraam (forbidden). Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as Obamacare, those who fail to ...
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Where does refused medicaid expansion money go? [duplicate]

Presumably, the money for medicaid expansion is there somewhere; i.e. the taxes for it have already been paid. If a state declines to take those funds, where do they go? Edit: Avi, if you'd like to ...
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How can I research UK parties' Mental Health policies before I vote?

The mainstream media is reporting about the key issues prior to the general election on May 7th here in the UK. Key issues include Law & Order, Education, Immigration etc. But what about other ...
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What problems exist with a socialist approach to health care?

I'm kind of ignorant on the subject, and it's probably commonly known at this stage, but I recently read an article explaining how Obamacare provides health insurance through the private insurance ...
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Where do the Green Party and NHA differ on NHS policy?

Both the British Green Party and the National Health Action (NHA) Party stand for an end to privatisation of health service provision and support services. The NHA is a single-issue party while the ...
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Why do people in the United States seem so averse to a Public Health system?

My question relates to a simple fact, that to many Europeans it seems that every time a President of the USA is committed to create a real Public Health service, the people seem to act against their ...
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How much money did Obama's Ebola czar Ron Klain donate to the Democratic Party?

I don't need the exact figure, I only want a rough estimation.
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What is the legal justification for quarantining someone without medical justification?

As news comes in of the potential lawsuit being filed in New Jersey on behalf of the nurse who recently returned from treating patients of Ebola in West Africa, I wonder what the legal justification ...
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Has the Veterans Administration backlog and average wait time improved since Obama has taken office?

Barack Obama made campaign promises: No veteran should have to fill out a 23-page claim to get care, or wait months - even years - to get an appointment at the VA. [...] As president, I won't stand ...
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Why haven't any Governments banned cigarette sales when it has been proven that it's harmful?

Rather than advertising the harmful effects of cigarette smoking on the box, why hasn't any government just banned the selling of cigarettes in their respective countries? Doesn't it solve the main ...
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How much lives could they've saved if they would have used war money in health?

I'm not sure about how much money they've spent in war as a result of the 9/11 attacks, but it seems to be a few trillions. I'm even less sure about how much lives would they have saved if they would ...
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Can gov't place a lien on assets or suspend drivers' licenses with Obamacare?

Can anyone provide an objective source that if we refuse to pay penalties for Obamacare, the gov't can place liens on our assets or suspend our drivers' licenses?
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What communities or groups, religious or not, are exempt from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?

If you are familiar with the Amish, they do not contribute to the Social Security Insurance program. Some of the larger communities came together in lawsuit to exempt themselves from it. They first ...
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What are the GOP's Alternatives to Obamacare

Given the GOP's objection to Obamacare, I have a question about its alternatives. Assuming that we are unwilling to repeal the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, which mandates that ...
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Do(did) hospitals turn poor patients away

During the healthcare debate leading up to the passage of the ACA, I was told by some sources that Hosptials have to treat anyone who comes into the emergency room, and that they often take a loss ...