[QUOTE=Dori Schatell;17922]The U.S. spends more than any other country on healthcare and has some of the worst outcomes in the world. IMHO, it would be hard to do worse. Insurance companies and their lobbies drive our process for healthcare, which hasn’t served anyone well except themselves and those who take their money. As Beth says, follow the money. Who stands to gain from “competition”? Insurance companies. Who stands to gain from keeping the status quo? Insurance companies.
Healthcare is NOT a consumer area that benefits from “competition” or “consumer demand.” People who are sick want care and a relationship with their care provider. Just by way of example, I took my very sick cat to the vet once. They gave me a menu of “Cadillac” care and “Volkswagon” care. We could choose to pay for tests A, B, C, D, and E, or just do A and C, for example. The problem is, we’re not veterinarians. We’re not qualified to make those decisions to get the best outcomes. I ended up taking my cat to another vet–and she didn’t end up surviving her illness. This was all extremely stressful and costly–and it was for a pet, not a person. Most of us are NOT doctors. Even if we are doctors, we can’t know every area of medicine. “Competition” and “Consumer Demand” are not a workable model for healthcare. It isn’t a commodity like groceries or clothing.
Another analogy is the notion of privatizing our Social Security accounts. Unless we all become investment bankers, we are unequipped to make these types of decisions (and we’ve all seen how it went even when people who ARE investment bankers try…).
Don’t buy the propaganda. We need radical change to improve U.S. healthcare–and nothing that is currently on the table will get us anywhere near that. All of the suggestions being made now are incremental. Getting rid of insurance companies would be the best thing we could possibly do. They suck dollars out of the system without providing care. The issue is not the “numbers of Americans who are uninsured”–it’s the number who don’t have access to healthcare. Not insurance, care.[/QUOTE]
While we agree that the United States has many of worst outcomes in medicine for dollars spent, such as mammograms and cholesterol medicine, that is where the agreement will end. First, it is up to the individual making the claim about National Health Care to prove that it is valid. Second, I spend many hours on the machine and otherwise, searching these claims. I would agree that we need radical change in the health care system. However, the way to have radical change is consumer choice, liberty, and freedom.
How much do you know about automobiles, why would you take your car to a mechanic, who has forgotten more about cars, than you or I will ever know? In the laws of economics, competition restrains, it does not increase prices. Let us say that I am a greedy auto executive and I want to vastly increase my prices to make great profits. If I greatly increase my market prices above what the market will bear, my competitors will put me out of business, by undercutting my high prices.
Medicine is expensive because it lacks competiton. High prices occur when there is a monopoly of service. The laws of economics do not change in Medicine, Food, Cars, transplants, real estate or any other field of human endeavor. If you pay $0.00 for a house or car, how much of a car or house do you think you will receive for the price of zero?
I agree, follow the money. This is why physicians are using certain medical devices or using certain medications, because they are being paid thousands of dollars per year by the drug companies. My girlfriend is a high-risk surgery R.N. . She said that surgeons are being paid thousands of dollars per year to use certain medical devices or proscribe certain medications. I have heard this time and again from various individuals in the medical profession.
When ALGore made his claims about private Social Security, as with science, he has no clue what he is talking about, as the norm.
Chile’s Social Security Lesson For The U.S.
by José Piñera
José Piñera is Chile’s former secretary of labor and social security and is co-chairman of the Cato Institute’s Project on Social Security Privatization.
Added to cato.org on December 17, 1997
America’s Social Security system will go bust in 2010. As political leaders scramble to save it, they’ve overlooked an obvious free-market solution that works. They need only look at Chile.