Our health care system is broken. You know it, I know, Mr Obama knows it and just about anyone else who cares to read up the topic knows it.
And the issues are very, very complex. Sure it’d help if more people worked out with a personal trainer and it’d help if we weren’t jamming processed food down our throat. And yes we should be eating healthier and going for more runs and stressing less all of those things that the doctors tell us when we see them on our annual check up.
We should be getting better sleep and working less. We should spend more time outdoors. We should grow more of our own food and we should cut back on the cream and sugar in our morning coffee.
Overall, we should live a healthier lifestyle. I get it, you get it and that’s all well and fine but that is NOT our issue.
How Much More Are We Spending?
These are things we should all do, for ourselves but not for the sake of the health care system. Because the reality is, none of these explain why we pay significantly more per capita than almost every other developed country.
I can hear you singing in unison. Most countries have public health care and they pay their hard earned cash into taxes, which provides health care services. Did you know that we have a very similar amount of taxes per capita being paid into our health care system in the US. Wait, WAH?
And then on top of that we pay 1000% more than these other countries to cover the costs of our health bills. Of course when I say we, I mostly mean insurers, businesses.
So what gives? Is our health care system that much better (hint, it’s not).
Here in the US our health care is exceptionally more expensive then everywhere else in the world. Okay, so we’re talking about a very wealthy nation and thus we should expect to pay more in health care. I agree – but 2X more per capita? That’s insane.
The Real Issue In Health Care
There are a ton of arguments and conspiracy theories as to what is actually happening. I think the best theory I’ve heard is the costs aren’t competitive here in the US.
You can chalk this up to having private healthcare. If you’re dying (or living in extreme discomfort) would you find a way to pay just about anything to have that pain or threat of death removed?
Of course you would it’s you bloody life that you’re dealing with. Your families and friends would probably chip in. It’s amazing how people are able to raise tens of thousands of dollars in medical emergencies. You don’t want to be the heartless bitch that let poor Jenny suffer.
And so is it any wonder that the same procedure in the US is 12X higher than in a place like Canada?
And it’s not just doctors and surgeons. It’s the entire system – medical equipment providers, doctors, surgeons and pharmaceutical companies.
It’s a big messy diaper of a problem, but it’s also the biggest concern we have facing the American economy today.