oh alfred....you are going to keep me from blowing things up on Bioshock :(
It is not true that we have the best health care system in the world. We are currently rated number 37 by WHO
before you take WHOs numbers at face value, you need to understand how they come up with those numbers. here is a reasonably good insight.http://smartgirlnation.com/2009/06/popular-ranking-unfairly-misrepresents-the-us-health-care-system/
they also rank us higher in infant mortality, but fail to take into account high risk pregnancies that would not even make it to term in other countries. they do not take into account the fact that we try to save all infants born alive regardless of gestation, while other countries like GB have a cut off age. they add war dead into live expectancy calculations.
Pharmaceutical companies are making out like bandits and spending huge amounts of money to hawk expensive drugs to you and me that most of us don’t need.
they do make money. they are a business. it would be foolish to spend billions developing new drugs if you were not going to make money. most of us may not need some of these drugs, but when we do need them, it sure is nice that they are there. low use drugs are going to cost more than high use drugs. that's why other countries do not allow some of these drugs to be used in their national health care plans. for instance, there are drugs for breast cancer that are very expensive, but effective in some forms of breast cancer. GB has determined that the cost/benefit does not justify the use of those drugs. what if it were your wife that needed that expensive drug, but she was not allowed to have it?
Hospitals, Specialists and equipment manufacturers are also driving up the costs. The reason that there is a shortage of Doctors is because they are all doing specialist work where they can charge huge sums of money while the General Practitioner can’t do so as easily. Equipment manufacturers are pushing advanced equipment that is rarely
yes, that stuff is expensive. would you like to have a GP diagnose you child with a possible brain tumor but have to wait 6 weeks for an MRI and then not have a neurosurgeon available to take it out? would you think it was to expensive then?
The reason that there is a shortage of Doctors is because they are all doing specialist work where they can charge huge sums of money while the General Practitioner can’t do so as easily
one of the reasons we have so many specialists is because of the malpractice problem. there are quite a few GPs and NPs that do a fine job, but the moment they are presented with anything that might be more than a cold, they refer to a specialist. if it's broken bone, off to the orthopedic doc. a cut goes to a reconstructive surgeon. stomach ache to the GI doc. if they don't do that, they risk being sued if anything goes wrong. money is a factor, but those docs would not exist if not for the volume of work.
I think that our government is quite capable of running a top notch health care system if we let it. Our fire and rescue first responders are operated by our government and so is our military both of which ARE the best in the world.
first responders belong to city, county, and state governments. many are still volunteer. our military is the best in the world as long as the feds don't mess in it to much. remember the "peace" dividend. remember what carter did to it? the feds decide what equipment they will fund and often the do it based on special interests of the state they represent. is that the way you want your medical run?
they already run medicare and it's broke.
besides, the military is a constitutional job of the feds. health care most assuredly is not.
I currently pay over $500 a month for my $5000 each, 10,000 family deductible health insurance. This means that I essentially pay for everything out of pocket. We have the policy so that if something catastrophic happens we don’t go broke. We also have it so that if there is an emergency we can gain admission to the hospital.
you would gain admission to a hospital regardless of your insurance status. insurance costs are a problem. in fact, insurance is a problem. we have taken market forces out of health care. if we bought health care the way we buy groceries, the cost would come down. the only thing people might want to carry is catastrophic coverage. cash payments for care would bring competition and bring down cost. because everyone thinks they are owed coverage through their jobs, cost are high. you are paying for things you and your family will never use so that risk is shared.
why do i pay for Viagra, pregnancy, and infertility treatments? why do you pay for paps and mammograms? why are drugs covered? they are another thing that would cost less if there were consumer competition.
i'll give you an example of how insurance costs us all: a few years ago i had something done. it was elective and it required a prescription device. i have really go coverage and didn't ask any questions. only later did i find out that the thing i spent 10 dollars on, would have cost me 500 dollars if i'd paid out of pocket. would i have paid the 500? maybe, maybe not.. thing is...someone who didn't have that coverage is paying what i did not.
there is nothing that keeps states from doing any kind of heath care plan they want. some states have massive plans, other do not. look to your state if you want them to spend money on health care. if i don't like what your state does, i'll be sure not to move there.