As many of you know, my radio show titled "Politics And Your Health" which airs every Friday on WVOX at 9:00 a.m. frequently deals with the politics of healthcare. I've had the opportunity to speak with many listeners and read extensively on the subject. My learning curve has been steep and my experience with listeners has been valuable. I would like to pose a number of questions to my patient population in order to get a better sense of your thoughts.
Question #1: Should healthcare be available to all Americans irrespective of their ability to pay for it.
Question #2: Should healthcare coverage obtained through insurance companies be more affordable?
As you all know, premiums have more than doubled in the last 10 years and continue to be on a trajectory to continue to double. So my question is how should we deal with the escalating cost of healthcare?
Question #3: Are we all willing to pay more taxes to ensure that there is enough money without increasing the deficit to make healthcare available for all? We made a decision to do this with Social Security and we are all subject to a payroll tax on our individual incomes and businesses are responsible for a matching payroll tax for their employees.
Question #4: Would we vote today to have Social Security knowing that it would cost each of us 7% of our income and companies a matching a 7% of their revenues?
Question #5: Should the government provide some kind of public option for those who cannot obtain healthcare insurance?
Question #6: If Medicare was available to all, would it control costs and still maintain quality healthcare?
Question #7: Should we examine and emulate the healthcare system in Canada where basically through higher taxation, the entire population has healthcare available to them without being responsible for copays and without any barriers. Realize however that Canadians pay more federal tax than we do and cannot deduct their mortgage interest.
I appreciate any and all feedback and will use it in follow-up email correspondence with my patient population.
Victor M. Sternberg, D.M.D.
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Victor M. Sternberg, D.M.D., PC
Westchester Center of Periodontal and Implant Excellence
141 North State Road
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510