New York City will guarantee "comprehensive health care" to every resident, regardless of someone's income or immigration status, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on MSNBC Tuesday morning. On Tuesday, de Blasio announced the city would pay for anyone, including illegal aliens, to receive health care, something they've dubbed NYC Care.
"When this plan is fully implemented every New Yorker who needs a doctor will have an actual doctor with a name and a place, they're going to have a card that will empower them to go to that doctor whenever they need", de Blasio said. What we're doing here in New York City?
The new plan provides insurance for visits to doctors outside of hospitals; health experts say access to regular medical visits can cut down on costly hospital stays.
The city plans to contribute $100 million in funding for NYC Care, which de Blasio described as "a really smart down payment on a lot of good things it'll yield later on".
NYC Care, which will be launched in the Bronx borough in the summer of 2019, will expand across the entire city by 2021 and cost at least $100 million annually, according to a statement from the mayor's office.
"The Mayor must stop abusing the middle class and treating us like his personal ATM", Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said (R-Staten Island).
"Health care is a human right".
It will also guarantee health care access to those ineligible for insurance, including illegal immigrants who live in NY.
"This has never been done before in this country, in this kind of comprehensive way. NYC Care will provide a primary care doctor and will provide access to specialty care, prescription drugs, mental health services, hospitalization, and more".
He also said the plan was unfair to city employees as the city is trying to save on health care costs.
The mayor made the announcement during MSNBC morning program, 'Morning Joe'. As a result, they end up in the emergency room for complaints great and small, typically receiving care for a problem that's become much more serious during the wait. 'This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just ERs) for people who can't afford it or can't get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,00 undocumented New Yorkers'. However, de Blasio believes it will ultimately save the city money by drastically reducing residents' trips to the emergency room. We just have to keep working at it!
The tendency of a segment of the population to avoid the health-care system until a critical moment, relying in effect on emergency rooms for primary care, has been the knottiest problem in public health for decades. Finding them homes, health care, food etc. help them first.