Health Care Reform

Why are Americans so worked up on healthcare reform? Statements like “don’t touch my Medicare” or “everyone should have access to state of the art health care irrespective of cost” are in my view imagining and visceral responses that suggest a poor comprehension of our healthcare program’s history, its present and prospective sources and the financing challenges that America faces going forward. While most of us wonder how the medical care system has reached what some refer to as a crisis phase. Let us attempt to take a few of this emotion from this discussion by briefly examining how Formula28 in this nation arose and the way that has shaped our culture and thinking concerning medical care. With that as a base let’s consider the advantages and disadvantages of the Obama government healthcare reform proposals and let us consider the theories set forth by the Republicans?

Access to state of the art healthcare providers is something we could all agree is a fantastic thing for this nation. Experiencing a significant illness is just one of life’s major challenges and also to confront it with no capacity to cover it’s positively terrifying. However, as we will see, after we understand the truth, we’ll discover that attaining this target won’t be easy with no personal participation.

These are the topics I will touch to attempt to generate some sense from what’s happening to American healthcare and the measures we can take to make matters better.

A current history of American healthcare – what’s driven the prices so high?
Key elements of this Obama healthcare strategy
The Republican perspective of healthcare – free marketplace rivalry
Universal access to state of the art healthcare – a worthy goal but not simple to accomplish
what do we do?
To begin with, let us have a little historical perspective about American healthcare. This isn’t meant to be a tired look inside that background but it is going to provide us an appreciation of the way the healthcare system and our expectations because of it’s developed. What drove prices higher and higher?

To start, let us turn into the American civil war. In that war, obsolete tactics as well as the carnage inflicted by modern weapons of this age combined to induce ghastly results. Not commonly known is that the majority of the deaths on each side of the war were not the consequence of true combat but to that which occurred after a battle wound was inflicted. To start out with, evacuation of the injured proceeded at a snail’s speed and this caused severe flaws in treating the injured. Second, many wounds had been exposed to wound care, associated surgeries or amputations of those affected limbs and this frequently caused the start of massive disease. That means you may endure a battle wound simply to perish in the hands of health care providers who though well-intentioned, their interventions were frequently quite deadly. High death tolls may also be ascribed to regular sicknesses and ailments at a time when no antibiotics have been. In complete something like 600,000 deaths happened in all causes, more than 2% of the U.S. inhabitants in that moment!

Let’s jump to the first half of the 20th century to get some extra perspective and also to deliver us up to more contemporary times. Following the civil war there have been stable improvements in American medicine from the understanding and therapy of particular ailments, new surgical procedures and also in health care education and instruction. However, for the most part the very best that physicians could provide their patients was a “wait and see” approach. Medicine could manage bone fractures and progressively try risky surgeries (currently mostly done in sterile surgical surroundings) but medications weren’t yet available to manage serious illnesses. Nearly all deaths stayed caused by untreatable conditions like tuberculosis, pneumonia, scarlet fever and measles and/or associated ailments. Doctors were mindful of cardiovascular and heart conditions, and cancer but they’d nothing by which to deal with these ailments.

This very fundamental review of American medical history helps us to understand that until very recently (around the 1950’s) we had practically no technology with which to deal with severe or even minor disorders. Here’s a crucial thing we will need to know; “nothing to treat you with means that visits to the doctor if at all were relegated to emergencies so in such a scenario costs are curtailed.

This is also the primary reason for the vast array of treatments we have available today.

I do not wish to convey that medical innovations are a bad thing. Think of the tens of millions of lives that have been saved, extended, enhanced and made more productive as a result. But with a funding source grown to its current magnitude (hundreds of billions of dollars annually) upward pressure on health care costs are inevitable. Doctor’s offer and most of us demand and get access to the latest available health care technology in the form of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostic tools and surgical procedures. So the result is that there is more health care to spend our money on and until very recently most of us were insured and the costs were largely covered by a third-party (government, employers). Add an insatiable and unrealistic public demand for access and treatment and we have the “perfect storm” for greater and higher healthcare expenses. And by and large the storm is only intensifying.

Now, let us turn to the vital questions which will lead us right into a review and a better knowledge of the medical care reform proposals from the news now. Is the present trajectory of U.S. healthcare spending sustainable? Can America keep its world competitiveness when 16%, heading for 20 percent of our gross domestic product has been spent on medical care? Which will be the other industrialized nations spending on healthcare and is it close to those numbers? As soon as we add an election to the discussion, advice to help us answer the following questions become crucial. We will need to devote a little effort in understanding healthcare and sorting out the way we believe about doing it. Properly armed we could more intelligently determine whether specific healthcare suggestions might fix or worsen a number of those issues. What could be done about the challenges? How do we as individuals bring about the solutions?

The Obama health care program is complicated for certain – I have never seen a healthcare program which is not. But through an assortment of programs his strategy tries to take care of a) increasing the amount of American which are covered by adequate insurance (nearly 50 million aren’t), and b) handling prices in such a way that our accessibility to health care isn’t adversely affected. Republicans seek to attain the identical fundamental and broad objectives, but their strategy is suggested as being market driven than government pushed. Let us look at exactly what the Obama strategy does to accomplish both goals above. Bear in mind, incidentally, his strategy was passed by congress, and starts to seriously kick-in beginning in 2014. This is the way we’re taking as we try to reform healthcare.