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I know so many people who are suffering, not only health-wise, but also in other aspects of their lives due to the distorted US healthcare system. I know women who stay in miserable marriages because they need the health insurance for chronic health conditions, people deeply in debt after surgeries that were not fully covered by their insurance, people with insurance who don’t even use it because they don’t have enough cash to meet the $2000 deductible. How is that better than everyone pitching in for the health of the nation? In actually having some freedom to make a life for yourself without always worrying, “What if I get sick?”
have consequences for the health care system.
Something akin to what is mentioned is the only realistic option for the US. Our population is to large to have a single payor system. The key is to cap prices on health services so that costs are contained. Regardless of what the opinions on this issue are. We have to fix healthcare in this country or we will become bankrupt.
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Dr. Reinhardt has provided an informative article about various versions of a medical care financing system. Unfortunately, there is no discussion about patient care, and specifically assuring that patient outcome is a significant metric for reimbursement of healthcare providers. The current business model rewards the providers in proportion to the expense of procedures, tests, medicines, etc., as long as they’re covered by applicable insurance. Dr. Reinhardt correctly states that patients demand this type of care; and no wonder – the medical industry has been marketing it heavily for years. For medical care reform to be economically sustainable, and also beneficial to the entire population, two versions are apparent. First would be a basic level of care for everyone that covers limited examinations, tests, generic medicines, and hospital care when approved by an impartial medical provider. For those indiviuals that desire more than this and are willing and able to pay for it, they should be able to purchase appropriate private insurance or self-finance. This would be analogous to the public and private education system that most people consider satisfactory.
the media or the American public
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