Each year tens of millions of Americans suffer and die from lack of healthcare. They either have no insurance at all or have high deductibles they can’t pay. Many more tens of millions suffer painful financial debt and bankruptcy. Everyone is starting to feel the effects of higher premiums, copays and deductibles.
Our healthcare is draining our economy and causing ill effects far beyond healthcare itself.
This isn’t happening in other advanced nations like Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. There is much very wrong with American healthcare. It is going to get worse as our “baby boom” generation ages and adds more needs for care.
We spend almost twice per person on healthcare than Canada, Western Europe and Japan. They are as healthy as we are if not healthier and live longer. They cover all their citizens too.
Those who have employers pay for their health insurance are really paying for it indirectly from their benefits package. Insurance premiums cut what employers can pay in salary. See how.
One of the major causes of our very expensive healthcare is the use of Healthcare Insurance Corporations (HICs). The chart below shows that the countries that don’t use HICs, Single payers, spend a lot less per person and get good results. HICs are an unnecessary expensive burden.
Almost two out of every ten dollars spent today in the U.S. goes to healthcare. In ten years we could be spending close to three dollars out of every ten dollars with probably half that being unnecessary. The U.S. economy cannot afford this. We will have rising premiums, copays and deductibles to ration healthcare only to those in the higher incomes.
In spite of the $3 trillion we spend on healthcare. Americans are hurting badly, as this pie chart shows how much debt collection efforts go into medical debt:
Medical debt triggers more than 60% of bankruptcy filings in the U.S. according to a September Bankrate survey. For the full article on this tragic subject from Yahoo Finance click here (please bear with the well earned short commercial).
We must copy from the better systems of the world as soon as possible if our country is to have real affordable healthcare for all. They do it. So can we.
Democracy doesn’t work. We have to make it work. We have lost our government to the big corporations who control it with huge campaign contributions and lobbyists. Their government works to maximize their profits. What is good for you, me and the country comes after that if at all.
The purpose of this website and blog is to point out what is wrong with our healthcare and what needs to be corrected. This information is worthless if we don’t get involved with the parties. Both are almost completely corporate controlled. We, the people, must get involved with the parties every year all year long. Big money is always involved for their gain. We need party participation, VOTING IN PRIMARIES and in all general elections.