…here’s a handy-dandy little graphic which touches some of the bases here in the US. This I found referenced in an article by Jim Demaine MD, which is itself worth a read;
In our country, we’ve built up a huge medical-industrial system that can do lots of good but at a huge cost. It seems that we are on the brink of a “health care-cost bubble” because we are now dragging down economic growth with continued double digit rising insurance rates. Individuals, small businesses, corporations, and government entities are all crying for relief from this health care cost burden.
I’ve yet to hear or read a compelling argument for why the whole business of health care delivery needs to be a profit making enterprise at its heart anyway. If the argument is simply an ideological conviction that the private for-profit sector just “does things better”, always and everywhere, than the public sector then how come its apologists are not campaigning fiercely to privatize the Veteran’s Administration? Would they be willing to make the argument that only the best is good enough for our military veterans and their families, and that it’s scandalously un-American for them to be at the mercy of a socialized healthcare delivery system?
The political institutions are colonized, the polling on the issue is distorted, and the whole damn situation is now so polarized that it’s impossible to have a sane national conversation about any of it. I mean, come on, look at that one stat toward the bottom there; insurance premiums have risen 131% in the last decade. Uninsured patients drive just 8% of that increase.
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