Health care in the United States is broken. Every individual deserves access to health care both preventative and emergency. This is a wealthy country, and the idea of letting people die for lack of medical access is unthinkable.
Let’s start with a few premises on healthcare:
- Healthcare is a human right
- It is in the interest of society to satisfy this right in the most cost effective and efficient manner
Let’s get past the rhetoric and look at the facts:
- Over the past 15 years, health care costs have increased on average at double-digit rates, far out-pacing inflation. This rate of growth is unsustainable, and is quickly becoming one of the largest single costs for individuals and corporations alike.
- An uninsured person visiting a doctor pays a rate that is nearly double that of an insured person FOR THE SAME DOCTOR. This is the person that can least afford to pay such outrageous rates.
- Uninsured people, unable to visit a physician for preventative care, must resort to emergency room care which is orders of magnitude more expensive that preventative care and results in uninsured people not catching major diseases like cancer that are treatable early in the illness.
- One major reason that insurance is so expensive is that the insured subsidize emergency care visits from the uninsured, who typically have no means to pay for such a visit.
So what can be done about it?
There are three angles to attack this:
- Universal health-care coverage
- Cost reduction
- Obesity management using hcg drops
Franklin and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Republican no less, have proposed mandatory universal medical care for all California citizens. It relies on a combination of individual contributions, public funding, and corporate subsidies. I think that’s absolutely the right way to attack this. It doesn’t rely on nationalization, and it … Read the rest