Is United HealthCare looking out for ...

Is United HealthCare looking out for the patient?

There are 8 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 13, 2009, titled Is United HealthCare looking out for the patient?. In it, Newsday reports that:

When I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer four years ago, my first thought was to find the best surgeon and hospital in the country.

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GEORGE S flushing

New York, NY

#1 Jun 13, 2009
Spokesman for AARP says medicare should cut subsidies to medicare advantage plans. SURE that would be a BONANZA for the greedy AARPs medicare supplement insurance plans which only the affluent can afford to purchase.
Above Board

Staten Island, NY

#2 Jun 14, 2009
Time to cancel my AARP membership and use that money to support the NRA. What a bunch of back stabbers AARP turned out to be. They are in the pockets of many insurance companies ie; The Hartford for Home and Auto, United Healthcare for healthcare, and others offering Life insurance.

Since there are so many older Americans, it's time to unite those masses and wake up the rest of America. None of these companies have the best interests of the elderly in mind, except how to lighten our pockets.
fdz

Milford, CT

#3 Jun 15, 2009
Why would any one think the insurance industry cares about patients? There are in business to make money not make people well! Profit must be removed from health care.
xmn

Ronkonkoma, NY

#4 Jun 15, 2009
Transalated to English that means some one sitting in an out of the way office will determine if it is economically profitable to give you treatment or not, if you are elderly.

That person will most likely be receiving a commision on the amount of money he has saved by denying you care.
We allowed this

New York, NY

#5 Jun 15, 2009
When the public believed the stupid republican ad campaigns about Universal health care making decisions for the patient and doctor, the public empowered these insurance companies to make all medical decisions for us. They decide what drugs I can take, when I can have an MRI etc. The doctors have been controlled by insur comapnies long enough. Get rid of insurance companies, go to a single payer system and save billions of insur co profits. Stop listening to the right wingers already.
Diogenes

Middle Island, NY

#6 Jun 15, 2009
United Health Care earned $22 billion in the last quarter. That is only the money they take in for premiums etc the net profit is the number that should be posted. The salaries that these bean counters received whould be a better show as to where their main interest lies. They are a profit making organization (enough said). Blue Cross Blue Shield used to be a not for profit company which was allowed to redefine itself to a stock company. I wonder how much of the cost was born by the non-profit? Healthcare should be better organized but not by and for the profit motive.
Ex Tunnel Rat

Fairfax, VA

#8 Jun 16, 2009
fdz wrote:
Why would any one think the insurance industry cares about patients? There are in business to make money not make people well! Profit must be removed from health care.
You hit the nail on the head!!! Making profits off of another human being's health. Take the profit out of health care, and that includes these greedy hospitals with the millions they spend on executive salaries.
reality

Roosevelt, NY

#9 Jun 16, 2009
To Simon Stevens

Appropriateness of care should be left to physicians and not some insurance company bureaucrat who's bottom line is saving money. People need to start fighting against the insurance companies or suffer the consequences.

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