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Healthcare vs. Health Insurance

By Dr Sharon Thompson on October 24, 2013 in Gynecology, Health, Health insurance

Articles in the news this week have been seemed tailor made to reinforce the talk I gave last week.  I came across an article today on Alternet where the author beautifully highlights the difference between health insurance and health care as he talks about his experience with malignant melanoma.   (Coming soon to youtube.)  Simply, health insurance is a contract between you and a third party where you agree to pay a small amount every month for services you may not use in exchange for their payment of potentially larger amounts if  and when needed.  Healthcare encompasses all the prevention, testing, treatment and care you receive from clinicians for health concerns or problems.

He writes:

” …although it (Obamacare) will help nearly everyone get some kind of insurance, it won’t help everyone get good insurance, the kind that saved me. Some of them will look at their strange asymmetric mole and their $2000 deductible and won’t be $2100 worth of worried until it’s too late.”

Read on even if you don’t support the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). You’ll get the point.


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Dr. Thompson received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Vassar College and a Masters in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. She went on to medical training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and completed her postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Harvard affiliated integrated Brigham and Women's and Massachusetts General Hospital residency program.


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