Have Americans been denied health care because they did not have the means to pay for it? Have Americans been denied timely treatment? Have Americans been denied high quality care because of where they live? The answers to these questions are not the issues in supporting or opposing a government ran mandated health care plan for everyone. They are however, the basics for seeking a solution so they can always be answered No.

Just how realistic is this mission? Are we asking for the impossible? Many countries have tried, but none have been completely successful.

With varying results Canada, Ireland, England, France, Germany, and other counties have a government controlled health care plan for everyone.

From their successes and their failures we have an opportunity to learn what are realistic expectations in a national government health program.

Surely we don’t believe the forth-coming national health care plan is going to be the same quality as our elected officials in Washington. And if the middle & lower class and lower classes believe that the special care received by the wealthy will disappear, they are just in denial.

In many of the countries with a national controlled health plan, services are delayed, people die waiting for dialysis/surgery/cancer treatment, and people are neighed aggressive attempts to extend their lives (when they are alcoholic, elderly, obese, diabetic, on dialysis, mentally non-functional, or bed ridden), and the level of care is lower than is common in America. Semi-private rooms are rare in many of these countries for individual on the government plan only.

For years our federal government health care program for the elderly denies hospitals payments pass a set number of days based upon the patients diagnosis. The highest trained and skilled surgeons often refuse to accept government payments—patient must be able to pay their full charge for services. Even many general practice clinics will not accept Medicare payments as payments in full for care. Often the drugs requested by the physician to provide the best care for the patient is not on the government approved drug list (called formulary), therefore denied. It often does not pay a single dime for emergency room visits payments if the patient is not sick enough for admission. The “insurance” requires a co-payments, payment of premiums, pays less and covers less than most major insurance carriers, and still fails to self funding.

Is it realistic to believe all Americans are going to get Champagne health care, Americans will not be denied health care, Americans will not be denied timely treatment, and Americans will have easy access to health care?