What’s really wrong with health care

Dr. GigglesJune 3, 2013

By John Seiler

What’s really wrong with health care? A New York Times article showed some of it. Read it and see if you see much, if any, patient involvement in decisions. Here’s are some key sections:

“Whether directly from their wallets or through insurance policies, Americans pay more for almost every interaction with the medical system. They are typically prescribed more expensive procedures and tests than people in other countries, no matter if those nations operate a private or national health system. A list of drug, scan and procedure prices compiled by the International Federation of Health Plans, a global network of health insurers, found that the United States came out the most costly in all 21 categories — and often by a huge margin.

“Americans pay, on average, about four times as much for a hip replacement as patients in Switzerland or France and more than three times as much for a Caesarean section as those in New Zealand or Britain. The average price for Nasonex, a common nasal spray for allergies, is $108 in the United States compared with $21 in Spain. The costs of hospital stays here are about triple those in other developed countries, even though they last no longer, according to a recent report by the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation that studies health policy….

“The high price paid for colonoscopies mostly results not from top-notch patient care, according to interviews with health care experts and economists, but from business plans seeking to maximize revenue; haggling between hospitals and insurers that have no relation to the actual costs of performing the procedure; and lobbying, marketing and turf battles among specialists that increase patient fees.”

The Times quotes Dr. David Blumenthal, president of the Commonwealth Fund and a former adviser to President Obama. Blumenthal said, “In the U.S., we like to consider health care a free market. But it is a very weird market, riddled with market failures.”

Actually, it isn’t a “free market” system at all, but a combination of Crony Capitalism and socialism. As the article indicates if you read it carefully, the patient has no real say on price. Instead, it’s an agreement among Big Pharma, Big Hospital, Big Insurance, Big Specialists and Big Government. They collude to drive up costs and rip us off.

Dr. Ron Paul, the obstetrician and former U.S. congressman, has recounted how things worked in the early 1960s when he first began practicing medicine, just before the massive increase in government control of medicine with LBJ’s Medicare/Medicaid schemes of the mid-1960s, and Nixon pushing on us HMOs in the early 1970s.

As late as the early 1960s, most people didn’t have health insurance. People instead shopped for doctors by both price and quality, and could haggle with the doctors on price. A serious illness was paid for from savings, and you could save a lot easier when you weren’t paying high medical insurance premiums every month. Those who couldn’t pay, including the poor, were cared for by charity; hospitals allowed in the poor, and doctors provided several hours of charity service a week at reduced fees. At that time, America had by far the best medical care in the world.

Now, it’s just another crummy, American Crony Capitalist-socialist government ripoff. We’re lucky any quality at all remains in it. But Obamacare should take care of that.

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  1. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 3 June, 2013, 12:24

    What’s really wrong with healthcare is that we’ve allowed it to develop as a profit-oriented business enterprise. Healthcare is really a public utility, and should be operated and regulated as such.

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  2. Sean Morham
    Sean Morham 3 June, 2013, 12:47

    Yea, unionize all the employees employed by it. That will work just great. On the grid and taking it up the….

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  3. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 3 June, 2013, 13:22

    The reason we have public utilities is because we’ve determined they are “common goods” that everyone needs at least basic access to. We’ve been pretending that health care is somehow different. That has nothing to do with unions.

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  4. Hondo
    Hondo 3 June, 2013, 14:15

    If you think health care is expensive now, wait till its free.
    Hondo…

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  5. Queeg
    Queeg 3 June, 2013, 21:40

    100 million will get free or subsidized health care……thank you doomers for your subsidies!

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  6. Donkey
    Donkey 4 June, 2013, 06:57

    Healthcare was fine before regulation pushed costs up. Why are we paying a doctor to get a prescription? Most Americans have the ability to figure out their illness or infection, and buy their own medications. Running the money through yet another handler will drive the costs to the moon. 🙂

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  7. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 4 June, 2013, 12:18

    Every time I think Donkey can’t possibly post anything more foolish than he has, the Donkster comes up with goofy stuff like “Most Americans have the ability to figure out their illness or infection, and buy their own medications.”

    I sincerely hope that you’re following your own medical advice, Donkey. The unfortunate part is that you claim to have already engaged in procreation.

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  8. Queeg
    Queeg 4 June, 2013, 16:22

    Skippie……Donkey has regressed…..unfortunate……Teddy beat him like a drum……must of caused some sort of damage!

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