Originally Posted by HeavyTZM
I've heard a lot of alternative news outlets mention that ObamaCare really benefits Big Pharma in some way. Does anyone know of any sources that outline exactly how this is done?
Not just big pharma but medical device manufacturers, insurance companies, etc . . .
Never in the history of capitalism in the USA have Corporate entities lobbied for policies that reduce their profitability, yet this is their argument; the logic being that paying health care costs for 'prevention', vaccinations, and annual screenings early will reduce overall health care costs for everybody.
Well, this would be a first. . . an industry that spends millions to lobby for policies that will make them less money.
I noticed that the OP is/was located in Korea. If so, then you've already experienced Obama Care. (Which I believe is what industry insiders consider as a gleaming example of high profitability in socialized health care)
For others, here's how it works in Korea:
Every Korean Citizen is required to be insured. Like Obama Care, health care pricing is relative to income. Under this system, every employee is required to partake in annual health screenings. If they do not, their employers are fined. Most people think of these once a year events as a chance to get a day off from work and a measure to "prevent" illnesses. These annual screenings are an industry in its own right, with large hospitals dedicating entire wings on health care screenings.
On a typical day, you will see perfectly healthy looking working aged people lined up, lounging, and being shuttled back and forth from department to department. If not for their patient outfits, you'd think that this was a scene from an International airport. Even though I am US Citizen, I've had the opportunity to experience the "Korean Health Care System" due to the fact that my uncle is the chief of one of the largest hospitals in Seoul. Here's the run down of my eventful day:
1. Key, Locker room, change clothes. Professional, clean, and fast.
2. Typical annual stuff. Weight, height, Body mass index, blood pressure, etc . . .
3. Sonogram of all major organs.
4. Chest X-ray. I was highly hesitant of this due to the fact that sonogram results offered no irregularities, I had zero symptoms, and I am a non-smoker. Everybody told me that this X-ray was "Good for me." (X-Rays are absolutely not good for you but we can cover this another time.)
5. After my x-ray results came back (no problems), they wanted to cat scan, A la carte'. Kidney, liver, lungs, etc . . . . I told them absolutely not. No way in hell. When I was firm about it, they chuckled and told me, "that's fine."
6. They gave me a choice between stomach cat-scan vs. endoscopy. Again, I have no symptoms at all and no other tests they did thus far showed any irregularities. Since I am not a fan of ionizing radiation, I went for the endoscopy. After a few uncomfortable moments, including a 100lb nurse holding me down(in case I go crazy and stand up?) they told me I have nothing. . .
7. They suggested colonoscopy. (Again, no symptoms at all. . . ) They told me that they would put me under. I told them, "No thanks".
8. By the way, this is when the typical Korean worker gets shot up with all the annual vaccinations.
Had I gone through all of this stuff, the full cost would have been well over $5,000 US dollars. The machines are leased from medical companies who instruct hospitals how to best leverage these machines for profit. Having national policies placed that forces people to partake in these activities makes things much easier. The kicker is that most people do not know about these machines and flowchart of mainstream health. Thus they in fact instruct their Doctors to give them "EVERYTHING". They want every test and every medicine because they want to squeeze every benefit that is given to them. This is where Obama Care is headed.
*Interestingly, everybody in the hospital seemed to understand that the whole thing was a big money making scam. "Come on, you know what this is all about. . ." etc . . . (Except the radiology technician. . . He was a curiously ignorant fellow, refusing to give me a lead coat in the x-ray room and even worse, working all day long and hanging out with his patients next to them, positioning them and simply chatting next to them while x-rays were being taken.)