My Thoughts on Healthcare
When I think of healthcare I think of doctors, medication access, mental health, access to care...but when this issue comes up in political forums the topic always centers around insurance which does not govern your access to healthcare. The best insurance companies have to play by the rules of the state they offer coverage in and NH has some good policies already...
However, I believe that I would LIKE to see the in-network/out-of-network aspect of insurance fixed. For example I have dental insurance that only allows me to go to one network of dentists. I need a root canal but this network of dentists only will use Novocain- which doesn't agree with me very well. While there are dentists in the area who will do the service with alternative medication, they are not in my network and thus not covered...I should be able to choose whatever healthcare provider I want in my area....that's what I believe about insurance. I do not believe they know who the best doctors and medical facilities are for you and your family. I believe that they can guide you with information such as the number of malpractice suits or ethics complaints against a practice, but that it's your choice to see them in the end. I believe that if they find the practice is committing fraud they can sue them per the laws already in existence, so there should be no true reason other than money why we can't see the doctors that we feel are right for our family.
When it comes to healthcare itself, facilities and medical offices need to meet standards and employees need to be vetted. The case a couple years back of the drug addict using needles in one of our facilities and then putting them back to be used by patients cannot be tolerated. It's not fair to your patients if you are not protecting them.
Everyone in our state should have access to the same care within a reasonable distance from their home.