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HMOs Part II

Are you happy with your health care and your health insurance? If you’re not, is there anything you can do about it?

Health care used to be a lot simpler in America. Then the government got involved, and more involved, and more involved. The federal government and the state of Ohio are very, very involved in your health care, especially if you are a part of an HMO, or some other managed care alternative.

Most people don’t know that many HMOs are regulated by federal laws. In fact some HMOs are protected from consumer lawsuits by federal laws. That means if a patient gets really messed up due to poor care in an HMO, they cannot seek legal recourse under federal or state law.

HMOs and health insurance plans are also regulated by the state of Ohio. It is not unusual for legislative and Congressional committees to spend days in debate over how long a hospital stay should be for a basic surgery or for childbirth.

Now, am I a little crazy, or does it bother you too, knowing that politicians miles from where you live are deciding how long your wife can spend in the hospital after having a baby?

Sadly, even tragically, we have to admit that health care today has become a political enterprise. More decisions are made in back rooms, assisted by lobbyists and campaign contributions, than in medical labs by researchers and qualified physicians.

How did this happen? Slowly, as most changes do. Is there any hope for a change?   Maybe, but only if enough taxpayers and policy holders get busy and get involved.

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