April 21, 2012 § 2 Comments
After our discussions in class I began to think more about health care for women but also just health care in general. I am an Athletic Training major so I deal with health care type issue quite often. As part of my clinical experience, I work in PUSH in the Physical Therapy clinic. In this clinic, men and women are not treated any differently, but when looking at the prices of the services, I was appalled at how much everything costs. Just an evaluation costs around $40 and then you add doing 30 minutes of exercises and that adds on $35. Just a bag of ice is $5 and getting a small piece of stretchy elastic called theraband is also $5. The costs add up and sometimes insurance won’t actually cover any of those costs. Some patients will come in a couple times a week just to do their exercises and get some ice and it costs them about $40. I asked the Physical Therapist about her job and how much she gets paid and she informed me that she doesn’t even make very much money annually. Where is this money going? Yes, some doctors are paid a ridiculous amount and yes they sometimes deserve it because of all the schooling and knowledge that they have to obtain. But when thinking about all of the people that need health care and can’t get it, it makes me upset that the charges are so high and for many people health care becomes inaccessible.
I always knew that health care costs were high and people were not able to pay and therefore did not receive adequate health care. I never did realize though that many times the costs for women are more than they are for men or that insurance is harder to obtain and does not offer as much coverage. As we talked about in class, the women are often times utilizing their health care resources more than men and therefore should be rewarded, but instead they are paying more money and getting less coverage from insurance. I don’t find this to be fair. I think that all health care costs should be the same whether they are for a woman or for a man. I think that the more preventative health care that we get, the less health care will be needed and the less money that people will have to pay in the long run. The problem is, health care centers want money and the more that you have to go to the doctor, the more money they will get from your visits. This makes sense, but it is a very messed up system. I would think we would want everyone to be healthy and not have to go to the doctor but in all reality, that is not what health care facilities are always about, instead it is about the money. This sickens me but it is just how it is, at this point money is more important than the health of the patients in most cases.