Searching for and reading various medical articles helps in providing one with possible answers to some questions they might have. However, many general medical plans will not begin to pay for diabetic care for a good long while. Hospitals have sought to use the laws and regulations originally designed to serve patients to preserve their business model. But then we talked about Medicare, which provided much of her husband’s health care and would one day provide hers.\n\nWe’ve become so used to health insurance that we don’t realize how absurd that is. We can’t imagine paying for gas with our auto-insurance policy, or for our electric bills with our homeowners insurance, but we all assume that our regular checkups and dental cleanings will be covered at least partially by insurance.\n\nIn Washington, D.C., for example, there aren’t enough workers who have the healthcare-management or sales skills to meet the demands of the hospitals and retail stores and banks desperate to hire, according to a report by LinkedIn’s Economic Graph Team.\n\nTax-free: Withdrawals used to pay for qualified healthcare expenses are tax-free. The government would view this as an inducement for the patient to choose the provider for reasons other than medical benefit. For example, your health insurance plan may require you to pay a $10 copay for an office visit or a brand-name prescription drug, after which the insurance company will pay the remainder of the cost.\n\nAnd the national catastrophic plan would need to start with much broader coverage and higher premiums than the ultimate goal, in order to fund the care needed today by our aging population. The hospitals and physicians who are interested in structuring gainsharing arrangements might adversely affect patient care.