The only made up part of this video is the name of the person with the idea. Just days after UnitedHealthcare announced that it would sto
And it’s even worse than stated in the video. There are things you may need to go to the ER for because the symptoms overlap with something urgent. For instance, you may have symptoms consistent with heart attack.
You go to the ER. They run the tests. It’s not a heart attack.

You still needed to go to the ER.
It’s not just that you need formal medical training to know if something’s an emergency. You’d also need access to the equipment they have there.
And this is a cop out. It may not be *aimed* at preventing people with “chest pain” from going to the ER, but even that formulation is problematic, because some large groups of people (such as women) do not experience chest pain when having a cardiac event. United had insisted that its policy is not aimed at preventi
(Sorry, that’s badly written—some women do experience chest pain, but it’s less common as a symptom in women then men. Women may experience uncommon symptoms like back or jaw pain.)
And then there’s the fact that doctors are known to take women, people of color, and particularly women of color less seriously when it comes to their symptoms.
So now if you’re a woman of color, you have to worry about getting a racist doctor NOT ONLY because you’ll get bad care, but because if they write a chart saying they think you were faking being sick, you have to pay for the visit.
There may be a way to implement this system in a way that is sensitive to marginalized groups, but I 1000% percent do not believe that United gives a shit.

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Some people prefer living in HOA land. Some people don't. Sometimes HOAs can be super-fucking racist, and that shouldn't be allowed.
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