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POLICY: Why Is Fixing American Health Care So Difficult?

Das KapitalABC News is running a special on health care this week and they asked two bloggers to stick in our 2c.  I’m up asking Why Is Fixing American Health Care So Difficult? David Williams from The Health Business Blog pens an article about IT and transparency that is slightly more optimistic.

Feel free to come back here and comment.

Almost all the problems with the American
health care system boil down to two questions. How do we create a
system that ensures that all citizens, and perhaps residents, have
access to health insurance? And how do we contain the huge cost
increases?

Of course, behind these questions lies the question of how to reform
the nation’s largest industry that serves and richly rewards many
powerful interests. Continue.

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Marie
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Everything in healthcare is changing almost daily. very few people knows what is happening behind the scene.
The best bet is to go to uncle sam & use his websites. I am sure that it would give us the most authentic info.
here is one to start with – https://www.healthcare.gov
Check it out before anything else. I think all the content stems from this one.

Marie

Mark Anderson
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Another good resource for uptodate health insurance info is http://www.qqbenefits.com. I highly recommend it and then speak with your health insurance adviser.

Mark

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Jake Waring

Hello, My name is Jake Waring and I am an acting student and Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England. We are devising a piece of theatre based on the American Healthcare System. I am researching this and would like to hear real people’s stories and experiences about the system. No matter how insignificant things may seem, everything is very valuable to my research, as actual human encounters give me a better view than simply reading facts and figures on the internet. It would be greatly appreciated if you could email me even the smallest details or stories… Read more »

Brent
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Here’s a company doing something constructive about the healthcare crisis. They offer what is called medical tourism. It’s overseas surgery at about 1/5th the cost.

Dan Keller
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Terrific blog — thanks very much for it! I am troubled by some of the word choices, though, especially since I see them so often in discussions such as these. You write: “How do we create a system that ensures that all citizens… have access to health insurance?” This wording conflates the insurance with the health care. It isn’t the insurance we need, it’s the health care. So the question ought to be: “How do we create a system that ensures that all citizens have health care?” Let’s not build-in the assumption that these expensive middlemen are necessarily part of… Read more »

John
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John

You know I just watched a video of what the right wing idiots are doing and saying about kids and there health care. Ya know its sad when a single man who doesnt make enough to afford health care cant even get Medicaid but when they start attacking kids thats absolutely freakin rediculous. They wanna send death threats to these children and there families? Who in there right mind couldnt threaten a child? That is just plain sick. If they wanna start threatening people let them threaten someone who doesnt give a rats a** about what they think. They have… Read more »

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LS

I recently left a job and got the COBRA letter from my employer. I was in a state of shock so I started doing some research. If you have ever left a job where you had group health insurance, you probably have been asked if you want to continue your COBRA benefits. A common reaction in this situation is to take a look at the price of the plan, and balk because it is so expensive. Many people seek out individual and short term health insurance quotes but end up wasting a lot of time online looking around for affordable… Read more »

Arrow
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Why is fixing American HealthCare so difficult? Perhaps becasue the powers that be are composed of Pharmaceutical Company interest, like the FDA, the AMA and all our paid off politicians who are asleep or controlled at the wheel. Pharmaceitucal Industry’s political control is far sweeping as in an intigral part of the WTO and those who would have a NWO. Harmonization – a political philosophy coming to a government near you soon! That will regulate your healthcare options especially in your choices in Dietary Supplements. The pharmaceutical industry wants full control of dietary supplements. Soon you will be seeing telivision… Read more »

Carl
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Jim… here is your statement: “The problem is that the cost of health care is so high that we cannot afford it on a “pay as you go” basis – like we do with every other basic human need (food, housing, clothing, transportation, etc.)” If designer jeans cost over $100, 6 CD’s cost over $100, if an auto repair bill runs over $200, a vet bill for FiFi runs over $150, Dinner for 4 runs over $100, one ticket to a major league sporting event w/parking & snacks cost over $100, 2 concert tickets cost over $150, a DVD player… Read more »

Carl
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Why keep trying to come up with a rational model healthcare model supporting irrational values? Attempting to defeat nature’s design and intentions through massive $100,000 healthcare subsidies at the end of life stage is ultimately futile & a waste of money. Spending the same $ 100,000 investing in our society, including the future of young children and young adults will generate far greater rewards to a vibrant society. Assuming the “education” of a largly uninformed and illiterate public that prefers watching the Jerry Springer Show and Maury Povich’s “Who’s my Daddy?” expose’s rather than critical reading and debate is an… Read more »

Carl
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Per Tony: “If we choose to live in a society then we are by definition a part of that society. If we are part of that society and we are free and equal, then we are equally responsible for everything that happens in that society. No society is perfect so we can expect some members to be disenfranchised. Do we have a responsibility to these individuals? If we are part of that society and reaping its advantages, of course we do. ” A corresponding thought which we NEVER hear from the Universal Healthcare advocates – and those of the Leftist… Read more »

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Rich

I have just finished reading the excellent article by Matt, and the extensive comments. I would offer some reflections: As a retired Family Practice Physician I can attest to the statement that 1/3rd to 2/3rds of all medical care is unecessary or without benefit. I spent the last 10 years working in an Urgent Care clinic. Mamy patients presented with self limited problems, such as viral respiratory infections, etc. Competition among insurance companies makes them offer great benefits in order to attract patients and generate large amounts of revenue. It is too easy for a patient to go to an… Read more »

Tony
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Tony

If you drop a piece of fine china and it shatters into a million pieces you don’t run for the glue to get your piece of china back. American health care is that broke.(no pun intended) We need to start over. Our premises have been wrong from the beginning. The concept “Lets base our system on the free market economy” is easily the worst possible methodology for a health care system. Under this concept, we charge people who want to be healers a fortune to learn the craft, whether it is a community or private educational center. Yes teaching Medicine… Read more »

martha
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martha

FIRST OF ALL, TO THE PERSON WHO STILL HAS THEIR CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP – YOU CAN’T LEGALLY USE THE SYSTEM IN CANADA UNLESS YOU MOVE BACK HERE AND ARE A RESIDENT – SO IF YOU COME TO CANADA FOR HEALTH CARE YOU’RE NO BETTER THAN ILLEGAL ALIENS GOING TO THE USA FOR HEALTH CARE. SECOND, THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN CANADA IS SO BAD IT’S BEYOND REPAIR. THEY DENY CARE HERE BUT DO IT BY NOT HAVING ENOUGH DOCTORS, THEN IF YOU GO TO AN ER OR URGENT CARE THEY BERATE YOU FOR NOT HAVING A DOCTOR. I KNOW HOW BAD… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

The problem is not the lack of or cost of health insurance. The problem is that the cost of health care is so high that we cannot afford it on a “pay as you go” basis – like we do with every other basic human need (food, housing, clothing, transportation, etc.) First and foremost, we have to decide health care is a basic “right” for our citizens and to what level of quality that right extends. If we decide that health care is a basic right, like a public education, then all bets are off with respect to our current… Read more »