[ROVERNET - UK] R: New Assignment-OT, and medicare
Ruotolo Gianluca (MERCATO STAFF)
gianluca.ruotolo at enel.it
Thu Apr 24 10:14:57 BST 2008
Dear Kent, glad to know you' re well.
I understand your problem about retirement, and I do know I will also have to wait when it will be the moment for me.
But I also understand that for you is not a problem to give your time to the people and to help them, as you do with us.
About medicare, I think you' re right.
By the way, in Italy we have plenty of problems,difficult to solve, sometimes impossible, but luckily we do not have big problems about medicare.
By us hospital are state - owned since 1978 and there are the ASL ( aziende sanitarie Locali) for visits and so on, so medical assistance is free, you do only have to pay a little and very cheap ticket.
If you want a private hospital, which is not nbetter, the state will pay the bill for you.
Before 1978 hospital were public institutions belonging to local communities.
So, also before there was a kind of free mutualistic assistance between workers in the different categories, from blue collars to salesmen to deputees in the parliament, and assistance was also free.
At that time if you did not have a job or money the INAM ( Istituto Nazionale Assistenza Malattie) , an institution belonging to the state, payed the hospital bill for you.
In ancient times, there were hospitals manteined by the church and by religious orders, as you do now.
I understand you have to pay this with the taxes, and I know there is a different level of assistance ( and of life ) in northern and in southern Italy, but in my opinion this is a good solution, I pay the taxes and I support it.
None, from left to right, did propose to change this sistem, which is in my opinion not bad.
Best regards, Gianluca.
Da: Kent Kinard [mailto:kentkinard at verizon.net]
Inviato: mercoledì 23 aprile 2008 19.08
A: rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com
Oggetto: Re: [ROVERNET - UK] New Assignment-OT
I went to the retirement seminar and found out that health insurance must be paid out of pocket if you retire early. I'm 61 and won't be Medicare eligible until 65. We have good insurance, but it would be $25,000 per year out of pocket. $100,000 was incentive enough to work a few more years...or until we get national health care.
The US spends more on health care than any nation on earth and ranks only 42nd in the world in life expectancy...maybe the United Church of Canada or the Methodist Church of New Zealand have some openings?
Somebody is making a lot of money off this deal....It's not our insurance company because our group is self-insured. For-profit health care can provide the best treatment in the world...but only if you have the money. There are 1.5 million_ uninsured children_ in Texas. Over half are eligible for either Children's Medicare or CHIP but are not enrolled. Texas has statistics like a third world country. I am ashamed. I have beat this drum for years.
We try to help. Methodist Healthcare Ministries, headquartered in San Antonio, spends over $15 million each year on primary health care for the underserved. When I was at St. Mark's, I had an RN on staff whose salary was paid by MHM (one of over sixty we employ in south Texas, the majority in the Rio Grande Valley), but it's a drop in the bucket.
How did I get started on this? ...anyway, no retirement for at least four years.
Eric Russell wrote:
> Hi, Kent.
> I thought you were retiring. Now it seems you have ramped *up* your
> working life. Best wishes.
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