We’re taking a chance today because if we don’t, and we’re right, we will regret not speaking up.
After a recent hospital stay, we received an email inviting us to join the hospital’s “Portal.” From doctors’ offices earlier, we had received the same sort of communication. Sign up and all your medical records will be kept in one place so that, in future, if you need care, other (new) doctors can see and understand what and why by simply going online and reading.
Our initial reaction was that we didn’t want “other” doctors to read all about us. We didn’t imagine that bogus MDs would be interested and could figure out some way to profit from this information – apart from doing what was promised. We just thought that enough was enough, the Internet was all well and good but it needed limits and standards of which there was not much evidence.
Reflecting, we realized we weren’t getting younger, and perhaps it would be wise to enroll in this program, for future problems. So, reluctantly, we said, “Yes, sign us up.”
To make this story proverbially shorter, after we conferred with the hospital staff who were running the Portal, we learned something key.
The hospital would have its portal. So would my other doctors – have their own special portal – which would NOT be included in the hospital’s information. Which is to say, each incorporated medical practice would have a medical portal separate from all others. In an emergency, if someone actually needed to see the information within, they would have only a portion of it. To get a compete medical portrait of our status, doctors’ staffs and doctors themselves would have to track down every portal in which we were enrolled, which would be impossible (unless they knew every doctor and/or procedure accomplished and visited in earlier years.) When we asked why this was so complicated and incomplete, we were told it was because “Obamacare” set up the system. This was part of Obamacare.
It was further explained to us how Obamacare worked and why it was not working, why it had become the political football it has.
This was the best, easiest to understand, and simplest explanation of Obamacare and its flaws we had ever heard.