Dr. Chae is a proponent of UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE and believes everyone is entitled to basic health care coverage. He also believes the current medical care delivery system in our country is BROKEN. That is because we spend more money per capita for health care than any other nations, yet we have about 50 MILLION people without health insurance – and many more with insufficient coverage.
Does this mean we have to spend more for health care? No. We need better way to deliver coverage.
Uninsured does not mean they are not getting care. Often uninsured are seen in ER where cost of care is dramatically higher than it would be in primary care office. ER is so overburdened and due to fear of lawsuit, unnecessary and expensive procedures are often performed due to ER physicians not having first-hand knowledge of patient’s history. ER visits for uninsured means very fragmented, uncoordinated, and sometimes inappropriate care which we all ultimately pay for. We are not spending wisely.
The answer is not more money. The answer lies in making dramatic FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES. Private insurances such as Aetna, Cigna, BCBS, United, etc. are all about NO CHANGES. They want to keep status quo which has made them huge profit which you and I pay for. We must get rid of profit motive out of health care. Health care cannot be run like Wal-Mart, Exxon, Goldman Sachs, or etc. where profit is the only thing that matters. These corporations will sell their soul for one more dollar in their pocket.
Health care must be part of our RIGHTS. If you believe only rich should have good health care, then you are saying our country must be one of those third world banana republics. Basic health care is part of our rights as public education, clean air, clean water, democracy. We have the wealth to provide better health care for our citizens. However, this can only be done with SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM. This must be either federal or state run program. Health care cannot be trusted with private insurances anymore. They had their chances. They succeeded in getting rich for themselves only. THEY FAILED US.
This is why Family Practice of Aurora stopped accepting private health insurances. We originally accepted about 14 private insurance plans but stopped completely in 2009. Dr. Chae refuses be one of the insurance company “boys” by taking their money. Hopefully, this will explain why we are now only accepting Medicaid.