Tuesday, January 8, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Loss of principles leads to national moral decline
I most certainly agree with the recent letter from Raymond Woziniak that Georgia's mental health and corrections public agencies have deteriorated since the late '70s. Our prison system now often functions "as the waste bin for the mentally disabled." The ACLU, among others, has effectively required the release of supposedly nonviolent "mentally impaired" offenders.
But there is more to it than that. I believe that the problem of moral rot extends way beyond the deterioration of services extended to the mentally impaired. I strongly believe the deterioration of, and in fact attack upon our reliance on religious guidelines, and indeed the Ten Commandments, has contributed to the failure of our belief of moral values. I am a religious person, although not a "bible thumper," but believe that our failure to support basic traditional moral principles is the main reason for the moral decline of our nation.
-- Ernest Wade
Insurance industry will ensure direct pay idea fails
The direct-pay doc idea mentioned in Nate McCullough's column has come and gone many years ago ("Direct-pay doc an idea whose time has come," Jan. 4, 6A). In the 1950s, my mother would bring me to the doctor's office or the doctor would come to my apartment to give medical treatment.
My mother paid the doctor directly. No insurance companies interfered with physician-patient decision-making. For many reasons, this practice faded decades ago.
Of course McCullough's direct-pay doc idea makes a lot of sense. But how many physicians can earn a living seeing patients at $35 a month and $15 per visit? Very few.
Let's face it: Insurance companies have mightily profited by the current health care system and do not ever want to change it. Our country has the highest cost of health care in the world yet ranks 37th in health care indices according to the World Health Organization.
Yes, let us minimize health care costs for everyone. But the direct-pay doc is not likely to become the primary means of receiving health care again.
-- Torin Togut