“Based on what happened to me here,” Rush Limbaugh told reporters about his hospital visit, “I don’t think there is one thing wrong with the American healthcare system. It is working just fine.”
Interesting quote. But let’s look at what it may tell us or at least what we can guess about his situation.
– I would bet that he saw a lot of defensive medicine. See, he’s a overweight late middle-aged guy and all of the world could guess what chest pain might mean. So, he was probably rushed to the front of the line and went through the whole heart attack regiment. That isn’t anything but care that makes sense. But, it will be extensive and from the way it sounds, not necessary tests. That’s what doctors do. Not because they are bad doctors, or even because they are concerned about being sued. They do a bunch of tests to figure out what’s going on. We see people all the time who wish they had done more tests for their loved ones.
– I would guess he has very good coverage. Maybe he doesn’t carry it and is paying out of book profits, but unlike the many people who have no coverage and have to pay for everything at the total price, he’s probably not in that group.
– I assume he went to a very good medical facility. It’s possible that they took him to a free clinic or a shabby back alley butcher, but I doubt it. He’s happy with his care, a lot like those who have good coverage are when they have a problem.
– Does our system work well? Sounds like it does for him. What does it tell us about overall healthcare? Seems to me it, suggests that getting care like this for more Americans might not be that bad a thing.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.