How Much Is Medicare?

How Much Is Medicare?

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By Chris Dodson, M.D.

The healthcare system has evolved in such a way that the time for accessing healthcare has become separated from the time of payment.

The healthcare system has evolved in such a way that the time of payment has become separated from the time of access.

The insurance system has evolved in such a way that the time of access is separated from the time of payment.

The healthcare system has evolved in such a way that the time for payment is separated from the time of service by months of delay.

The sick person often doesn't know what medicine to take, when to take it, whether to take it at all, and if so, how much to take.

So the patient asks the doctor.

The doctor may not know, and may refer the patient to a specialist.

The specialist may not know, and may refer the patient to a subspecialist.

The subspecialist may not know, and may refer the patient to a hospital.

So the patient goes to the hospital.

The hospital may not know, and may refer the patient to an equipment manufacturer.

The equipment manufacturer may not know, and may refer the patient to a government agency.

The government agency may not know, and may refer the patient to an insurance company.

The insurance company may not know, and may refer the patient to a pharmacy.

The pharmacy may not know, and may refer the patient to the patient's physician.

The patient may never get the medicine, the doctor may never even know that the patient was referred, and the patient may never know if the physician had referred him or her for a test, treatment, or service.

The insurance company may only be willing to pay for the medicine after the doctor, the patient, and the pharmacy have all given their approval, and the insurance company has gotten the permission of the pharmacist and the equipment manufacturer.

Of course, it's because we want our patients to have the best care.

But that's just not how it works.

We should be calling this the “Fifth Estate.”

The four estates in our society are the government, the free press, the church, and the courts.

The fifth estate, the “Fifth Estate,” is the healthcare industry.

The government is the major customer, funding and controlling the other four.

The government is controlled by the people in the form of elections, the press is controlled by the government in the form of access to the various channels of communication, the church is controlled by its own self-interest and the power of the state to impose and enforce its will on other people, and the courts are controlled by the people's right to bring charges against their alleged abusers.

The fifth estate, the healthcare industry, is controlled by the government and the people through its power to regulate and finance the other four.

We want our healthcare system to be a source of comfort and security to the people, to help them lead a more satisfying life, to feel more protected from disease and death, but that's not what our healthcare system is doing.

The government has so much power over each of the five estates that it can actually create a fifth, fifth “estate” of its own.

If the government can control the other four estates, why can't it control a fifth?

We love to describe our healthcare system as being based on the Constitutional principle of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

But if the government can control the other four estates, why can't it control a fifth?

We expect that the government will help us with our individual concerns of life, liberty and happiness, and will help us guarantee these for everyone else.

The government has everything to gain from the fifth estate.

It has nothing to lose from the fifth estate.

The healthcare system has nothing to gain from the fifth estate.

It has everything to lose from the fifth estate.

The people have nothing to gain from the fifth estate.

They have everything to lose from the fifth estate.

The healthcare system is the largest employer in America, generating more wealth and power than all other industries combined.

The healthcare system is the largest wealth generator in America, generating more wealth and power than all other industries combined.

The healthcare system is the largest political power in America, generating more wealth and power than all other industries combined.

The healthcare system has more power over the government than all other industries combined.

The healthcare system has more power over the free press than all other industries combined.

The healthcare system has more power over the churches than all other industries combined.

The healthcare system has more power over the courts than all other industries combined.

What is the government going to do about it?

Nothing.

There are good reasons for not doing anything.

The government is not going to do anything about it.

The government is not going to do anything about it because the healthcare industry is the largest political power in America.

The healthcare industry is the largest political power in America because it has more power over the government than all other industries combined.

The healthcare system is the largest political power in America because it has more power over the government than all other industries combined.

The healthcare system is the largest political power in America because it has so much more power over the government than all other industries combined.

The healthcare system is the largest political power in America because it has more power over the government than all other industries combined because it's the largest political power in America.

The healthcare system is the largest political power in America because it has so much more power over the government than

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