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Re: Obamacare and my son.... Carol
The poor and the disabled in California have Medi-Cal. They go to County facilities, or those private doctors who will take it. Some county employees are assigned to Medi-Cal as well. My daughters who work for the County have plans like Kaiser, Health Net, L.A. Care. They have chosen to see private doctors, most are not so terrific. But so far, they have done what needs doing. I have chosen to take my son to a big county medical center, where the doctors are residents from UCLA under the on-site supervision of a UCLA professor of medicine. When he needed brain surgery that was not done at the County clinic, he was referred to UCLA. Sometimes I think private Medi-Cal doctors get things done quicker, sometimes I think they are the bottom of the barrel. It's a crapshoot. Oh yes, by the way, they treat everybody, no questions asked about legal status. So from my 10 years of experience with the Medi-Cal system, nobody goes untreated or dies in the street. At least, not in California. Is it as good as having private insurance. No. But everyone does get care. And private insurance doesn't guarantee you will get great care either, anymore. They have the doctors by the you-know-what, and they make the rules.
Interesting that your daughter-in-law's family in England has private insurance. Is that because they are not British subjects? My friend's Canadian cousin, when diagnosed with cancer, chose to come to the U.S. for treatment. He could afford to do it, true, but it shows what people who can, prefer to do.
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