Can we as a community solve the healthcare problem?

Posted by Jessica Toney | Feb 23, 2015 9:51:52 AM

Warning.  The sanity in this post decreases as you scroll down.  There.  You've been warned.

I was recently at a family gathering in Lyons, CO (a place that was devastated by the flooding in Colorado) and as we were discussing the numerous trials and tribulations of the flood, my uncle made a comment that his "favorite part of natural disasters is how the community comes together to solve problems."  He went on to relate a story about how a tornado ripped through the small community in which he lives and before state officials could arrive, everyone with a "pickup truck and chainsaw" had worked to remove all the downed trees and cleared all the roads.  Everyone started jumping into the conversation with their favorite story of how this person helped that person or this group came in and did this other thing and how amazing it was.

The entire conversation left me with a warm heart for humanity.  The conversation slowly drifted to some strange insurance issues that the flood caused (e.g. if the road to my house doesn't exist and won't be rebuilt, do I have an insurance claim?) and I found myself contemplating the current healthcare insurance environment in terms of a natural disaster.  I agree that It is a stretch of an analogy, but I couldn't help wondering if the "community" came together, could we start to untangle the mess?  Could community banks, community hospitals, and local doctors work together to stem the destruction caused by the ever increasing cost of healthcare?  If patient financing were readily available without a high cost to close, community banks would likely offer it to everyone in the community.  If patient medical loans reduced the billing nightmare for medical providers, the overhead cost of each patient would drop.  If the billing overhead dropped medical providers could charge less.

Its not a stretch to see where this line of thinking is self-serving to us on the MyLoans™ team, but if we profit from improving the cash flow situation for banks, medical providers and patients I won't have any problem sleeping at night.  Sure, comparing the current healthcare environment to a natural disaster is a weak comparison and easy to deflate, but are we overlooking a possible solution?

...and THAT is why at family gatherings when someone asks me what's on my mind, I usually say, "Oh, nothing."

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Written by Jessica Toney

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