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W.Va. Advances Bill to Charge for HIV Tests

March 11, 2013

CHARLESTON (AP) — Facing pressure from shrinking federal funds, the West Virginia Senate advanced a bill last week that would allow local health departments to charge patients for testing for......

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Triton

Mar-11-13 8:37 AM

It is the finest example of government thinking we have seen lately. The entire basic function of the Health Dept is to screen for disease and address the outbreak of disease. But like every other agency the money for the basic mission is absorbed in staffing and other designer issues, such as the smoking bans, etc. Tracking and preventing AIDs/HIV./STDs? Well if someone is not going to give them money to do that, then the cost of monitoring STD levels in the community will be based on whether someone wants to pay to be tested. We charge for flu shots and now want to charge people to pay the costs of disease prevention. Thats almost a Catch 22 policy for public health isn't it? You can get that test run, for money, 24/7 at a Doc in the Box. The annual flu epidemic is handled better for drug stores, for a smaller fee, than the HD. The Fed teat has been dispensing addictive money that has driven local governments in bizzare ideas of what "public health" means.

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Whoops

Mar-11-13 9:25 AM

Hey Triton,

THE POOR HAVE ALL THE MONEY!

Compassion is not cost effective!

Please keep your business models out of our government.

By the way, how are those business models going???

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Hefner

Mar-11-13 9:28 AM

I would think that the role of the public health department would be to insure that federal and state health rules and regulations are being adhered to, not to be administering drugs and health care.

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mikeyd

Mar-11-13 9:33 AM

how will they get money from these people with HIV?they're out looking for their next fix.

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atoddh

Mar-11-13 6:51 PM

Triton has a point.BTW they are taking about all stds;not just hiv.The net effect will be less testing with more std infections.The free testing and treatment was intended to reduce the speading of veneral diseases.A financial barrier will now(proposed) be put in place discouraging detection and treatment.

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