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In Response to Health Care & Health care cost in the U.S. and How We Compare by GailL1
We've been spoiled? To the contrary, we just don't know any better. I've lived in Europe and in the US. To the contrary, I don't feel "spoiled" at all, in the years I've spent back in the US after experiencing universal health care in the Netherlands, having had to periodically go to battle with private insurers under my various employer benefit plans, to pay for certain procedures or treatments that rightly should have been covered under the terms of my policy. The last straw was my rejection from coverage on the indiviudal market in my state, six and a half years out from diagnosis of a stage 1 breast cancer with a HIPPA letter in hand, never having had a break in coverage. Over the years my spouse and I have been fortuate enough to experience the whole enchilada, nearly every plan our complex private health insurance system has to offer. We've had employer fee for service indemity plans, HMO's, PPO''s, flexible spending accounts, high deductible HSA individual health insurance plans, and finally, a high deductible high risk pool plan. Oh, and lest I forget, we've had to take advantage of COBRA twice, and trust me, we're looking forward to the financial relief Medicare will offer! Feel spoiled? No way!