Archive for Monday, June 10, 2013

Letter: Profit over care

June 10, 2013


To the editor:

I can understand why advocates for those with developmental disabilities do not want to be a part of Gov. Brownback’s KanCare system. KanCare is replacing former Medicaid services. Problems with KanCare are obvious to those who have worked for social service agencies, myself included.

The number one goal of for-profit companies is profit, not social service. The primary way to increase profits is to decrease services. Even not-for-profit agencies that provide low-cost services, managed by professionals and volunteers, experience reduced service referrals as for-profit companies find ways to further squeeze reductions in their operating cost. Efficiency is one thing but not providing adequate and complete services eventually impacts all tax payers.

We, as a society, pay now or pay more later. The earlier the needs of disadvantaged populations are met, the less is required later. Skills, education and resources available for early assistance help all of us become more productive and prosperous citizens.


Liberty275 5 years ago

Medicare Advantage programs are popular because they are more efficient and offer people the most care for their money. I don't see why this is any different other than it might result in pinkslips for some lower-level bureaucrats.

"The only faith they have is in atheistic, amoral free markets."

The well of faith has run dry.

jafs 5 years ago

Actually, Medicare Advantage programs cost more.

Thus, they're not more efficient, as far as I can tell.

I know that you tend to the libertarian view, and that's strongly in favor of the private sector, but care for the dd population is not something I want to turn over to massive for profit insurance companies.

My wife has worked with that population for over 30 years, and she is convinced that this change will hurt those folks.

We'll see, but here's what I predict - fewer services, lower payments to providers, and massive profits to the insurance companies. Any possible savings to the state from "efficiency" will be offset by the huge profits and large CEO salaries/benefits.

George_Braziller 5 years ago

No they aren't. KanCare has already been dubbed Don'tCare. I provide attendant services for an elderly woman on the FE Waiver and six months after it was privatized she still has never been contacted by her new case manager. That would cost money.

The private insurance companies are more interested in a profit for the share holders than providing services.

Richard Heckler 5 years ago

Privatization is nothing more than supporting for profit corporate America with YOUR tax dollars. Some people call this fascism ..... I am one of those.

No money will be saved and less services will be rendered. Also corporate America has a tendency to...

--- employ over paid CEO's.

--- spend on political campaigns

--- shell out millions on Golden Parachutes

--- not pay taxes

--- buy expensive advertising

--- pay BOD's

--- support shareholders

None of the above is smart or fiscal responsible use of health care tax dollars.

Sam Crow 5 years ago

Of the 154 health plans in the United States with at least 100,000 enrollees, 97 (or 63%) are nonprofit, 16 (10%) are government, and 41 are for-profit (27%).

In this area, the not for profit BCBS of Kansas is the 39th largest insurer in the country. Not for profit BCBS Kansas City is the 60th.

Only 20% of hospitals are for profit.

So much for the nasty profit motive. .

showup 5 years ago

You must have forgotten, BCBS chose not to bid on KanCare. The three companies who won the KanCare bids are for-profit.

JohnBrown 5 years ago

The problem is that capitalism is amoral and atheistic. That's why regulation is important.


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