My Awesome and Cheap Medical Experience…in Lebanon or Why We Can Do Without Government Funding of Health Care

My Awesome and Cheap Medical Experience…in Lebanon


Please read this entire article at the above link. It was written by Bill Frezza who is a fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

This man shows that health care can be provided at decent prices IF government isn’t tasked with providing (paying for) health care for those who are unable to pay.

Paying cash without insurance is what we used to do in the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Then union contracts began to demand health insurance that over time demanded more and more paid health services. In addition states began to require health insurers to cover A through Z of every health condition. Medicare and Medicaid was devised for government to pay for the health care of the elderly and the poor. Do you think the health care of the poor and elderly was not paid for before this? If you said no, you would be wrong.

When I was a young student nurse we had clinics in our hospital. The clinics were where people who couldn’t afford to pay for care came for their health care and they were provided all health care services pro bono. These people were treated just as well as insured patients. Every doctor in our hospital took his turn spending a month seeing indigent patients as well as his own private patients. From what I saw, these patients were treated with utmost respect and with the same care as anyone else. We students also were assigned to the clinics as part of our learning/practicum.

Almost all hospitals were started by Christian churches. Yes! Almost all! And charity comes from the Greek word, agape which means Christian love. Charity really means love! In the KJV of the Bible:   And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-4, 8, 13)) The word here in the Greek is agape. Love. And love is an action word. We don’t ‘feel’ love. We DO love!

That system of charity provided dignity and love to people. Today people on medical assistance have a lessor quality of care. It’s been proven in studies for the past 20 years. Why is that? I think it’s because government provision of anything doesn’t serve humanity. It’s a political act to benefit politicians.

We have walked down this road for so long that we don’t think we can do without private insurance or government funding of health care. Well we can do without it. But it would take a lot of turning back the clock. Religious institutions would need to be allowed all the financial benefits that other non-profits are allowed. Come to think of it ‘non-profits’ should be obliterated. We don’t need non-profits. Those tax rules were designed by President Johnson and he wasn’t a conservative that loved people.

OK. Read the article. Lebanon has a very good health care system. It cured this man’s wife of a life and death problem pretty quickly and it didn’t cost him an arm and a leg. We could do this.


My Awesome and Cheap Medical Experience…in Lebanon


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11 replies

  1. I’ll add my kudos to those of Kathy and CD WC CW. I remember those old days too although my family was on the leading edge of the company clinic era. My dad worked for Standard Oil and they had a clinic for their employees. Outside of that, as you say, everyone who got treatment paid for it some way and may even have waited until money was saved. I understand that some may say that some who couldn’t afford to pay may have succumbed to a disease and that’s likely true, but the introduction of insurance companies hasn’t been responsible for saving lives, just making treatment more expensive.

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    • #Truth Thanks for verifying what I’ve stated.

      I’m not so sure people died any more due to not having the money for medical care. Charity was active and so was a payment plan for large cost illnesses.
      Besides MEDICAL CARE of yesterday isn’t the same as HEALTH CARE of today.
      Too much health care leads to poor health. I could go on but I’ll stop here.


  2. That was a five-star post, Tannngl!

    At the risk of tooting my own horn a bit I have been saying the same thing, albeit not as plainly and succinctly (never my strong points), for years, so I am especially pleased to read this.

    You’re absolutely right. Healthcare in the U.S. is “broken” because there are too many freeloaders breaking “the system’s” back. We treat all poor people as equally deserving of a free ride, whether they are poor because of bad life choices or because of circumstances beyond their control. Putting the decision back in the hands of local charities allows those who are willing to help to discern who deserves assistance and who does not. When people are told there will be no free ride and if they want treatment they’ll have to pay, lo and behold they’ll go out and buy insurance. Crisis solved.

    But understand this: the Left doesn’t want free healthcare for the poor to be seen as “charity.” Charity is something that a benefactor can stop giving if he can no longer afford it or if he thinks someone should be footing their own bill. This is why the Left has slaved to instill the notion in people’s minds that healthcare is a right – an entitlement you are owed by virtue of your mere existence. They are so close to permanently creating this “right” they can nearly taste it, and they’re going to fight tooth and nail not to go back to the days when helping the poor was deemed “charity.”

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  3. tannngl, THAT is a very good article as well as your commentary. He clearly explains how our healthcare system got so extremely out of hand by listing the things he DIDN’T pay for –

    “We did not pay for the healthcare of countless strangers, a hospital bureaucratic staff larger than the medical staff, compliance officers and insurance administrators, lobbyists and legislators, benefits administrators at every employer in the country, mandates to provide medical services we would never use, nor did we pay artificial prices set by some remote pricing czar.

    By conflating medical care with charity then burdening it with social justice mandates, regulated employer benefits, intergenerational Ponzi schemes…we have created an unsustainable mess destined for self-destruction.”

    That’s our big mistake – mixing healthcare with charity, when charitable cases should be handled completely different and separate, instead of all of us bearing the costly burden.

    Excellent piece!

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    • Thank you!!!! Kathy!!!

      I don’t usually take much time to write my own opinion but this one subject is a burden on my soul. We did things so much better before government and insruance intervention. And I saw it all. I lived it. Yes, we have more technical equipment today but is that all necessary? New grad nurses used to come to the ICU and the monitor alarm would go off. They without fail would run to push the code button (cardiac arrest button) to call the arrest team. I had to tell them to check their patient first-perhaps the leads fell off of the chest? And X-rays? Don’t get me started. I’ve seen too many doctors today order a chest x-ray to determine if a patient has pneumonia. I can diagnose pneumonia with a stethoscope-just did for my grand daughter and she went to her pediatrician and guess what? She had pneumonia. We didn’t x-ray everything. Too much radiation. And CT scans? WAY too much radiation. We need more judcious use of this stuff.

      Medicare and Medicaid was inacted the year I graduated from my hospital nursing program. The comptroller talked to my class about the law and how it would effect us and the hospital. Did you know that was the beginning of the profession of ‘social worker’? They were required in the government health care law for medicare and medicaid. We took secretaries and sometimes housekeepers to do the job. LOL!!!!

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