nadica31

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hey guys,
i've been preparing for my upcoming interview but there is one question i just don't really know what the right answer should be and its what do you think is a major problem in US health care? what would you answer on that, i thought somthing like not many pple are insured and the ER's are crowded with people with minor aches, but any other suggestions?
thanks a lot i appreciate any answer :)
 

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nadica31 said:
hey guys,
i've been preparing for my upcoming interview but there is one question i just don't really know what the right answer should be and its what do you think is a major problem in US health care? what would you answer on that, i thought somthing like not many pple are insured and the ER's are crowded with people with minor aches, but any other suggestions?
thanks a lot i appreciate any answer :)
I think lack of insurance is the "safest" answer - I mean, it's been in the news, it's been on everyone's mind (except Bush's - zing!), and it's sort of one of those answers that everyone falls back on.

But there are oodles of other problems: the rising cost of healthcare in general and radiological/medical tests; the fact that just because you're insured doesn't mean you can receive all necessary tests/examinations without great cost; the number of administrators clogging up the system, etc.

No one expects you to have the right answer - just be passionate about which reason you choose, and try to relate your answer back to you and your application (e.g., if you say the number of people in ER's, it might be best if you've worked/volunteered in an ER and witnessed it firsthand).

Good luck!
 

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Lack of insurance is a very safe answer, almost to the point of being dangerously bland. Be sure to point out that there are several nuances to this problem. There are also people who are underinsured which leaves almost no coverage for basic check-ups or other preventative care or even necessary clinical tests. Bringing this into the discussion helps open the door to other areas of discussion that are less technical and more interesting. So your single problem would be "the growing number of uninsured and underinsured patients" and you could broaden the discussion to how this is affected by rising health costs.
 

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problems with health care:

1- it costs too much
2- lots o' people w/o insurance

they want to know that you know what the problem is in the first place before you attempt to solve it. the solution:

1 - eliminate tax breaks for job health benefits (essentially, eliminate the middleman, the employer, between people and their insurance provider) this is a leftover from WWII wage fixing when employers had to attract workers with benefits. why it is still around I can't figure. oh wait- because the benefits are tax deductible. get rid of this.

2- make it a requirement that people have health insurance. that's right, just like car insurance. you make it a requirement, you eliminate job-related benefits, then people will have to shop down their providers, as will hospitals. this also eliminates the problem of needing a job for health insurance.
 

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1. Too many fingers in the pie. When your doctor has to ask your health insurance to do an MRI or an X-ray, there's a problem. I had to wait once for three weeks for an OK for an MRI of my ankle - turns out I had some significant soft tissue damage no one knew about that was causing me significant pain.

2. lack of continuity of care, whether caused by changing insurance, specialists not sending information to your GP, whatever. But it seems that at least ONE doctor should have your whole file, doesn't it? You wouldn't believe the people on conflicting medications because they're all prescribed by different doctors. Insane.