Rush to Costa Rica?

March 8, 2010 in Health Care "Reform" by RangelMD

The great conservative head, Rush Limbaugh, has stated his desire to flee the country – a la pseudo flight to Canada by liberals after Bush’s second election win – should health care reform be passed in this country.

Limbaugh after being hospitalized in Hawaii for chest pains. Thanks but no thanks. Headed for Costa Rica?

My guess in even in Canada and even in the UK, doctors have opted out. And once they’ve opted, they can’t see anybody Medicare, Medicaid, or what will become the exchanges. They have to have a clientele of private patients that will pay them a retainer and it’ll be a very small practice. I don’t know if that’s been outlawed in the Senate bill. I don’t know. I’ll just tell you this, if this passes and it’s five years from now and all that stuff gets implemented — I am leaving the country. I’ll go to Costa Rica.

It’s interesting to note that Mr. Limbaugh admits to not knowing particular aspects about the Senate health care reform bill but he is dead set against it. I guess this is an example of that anti-intellectual logic popular among conservatives. In any case, Mr. Limbaugh appears to be concerned that health care reform in the US will effectively do away with private medical practice. But ironically, Costa Rica, a central American country with 1/10th the per capita income of the US, has universal health care that works very closely with its private medical system.

Many of the country’s highly trained physicians and some dentists work in the mornings for the [government health care system] and operate their own offices and clinics in the afternoons and evenings. While private health care in Costa Rica is more expensive than that offered by the same doctors and surgeons through the [government health care system], the price is still far below that of the average office visit in the U.S

So let me get this straight. Mr. Limbaugh is planning to go to a country that already has universal health insurance that is far more socialized than any proposed reform bills in the US where private physicians willingly participate instead of completely opting out because he is concerned about socialized health care reform in the US and the inability of private US physicians to participate? This must be another example of that conservative anti-intellectualism.

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