I have been writing posts about fraud in medicine in the US: but I think I am using the wrong title. Instead it should be your health care dollar: how the US medical corporate system wastes your health care dollar.
Think about it. What do you want to spend that dollar on?
Do you want it to go to 1300 different health insurance companies and their web sites, their advertising, their competition and their profit? Do you want your healthcare dollar to go to complex rule books, to forms for prior authorization, for the weekly postcards and emails that they send me telling me that they have changed your coverage? Is it any surprise that I have no idea if your insurance company covers a test? They may have last week and not this week.The overhead for medicare is 2-3% administrative costs. Now why would we privatize that when the overhead for the health insurance companies is 20-30%?
How much of your health care dollar do you want to go to corporate competition and profit?
I don't want ANY of my health care dollar going to corporate competition and profit. I want my health care dollar going to my HEALTH. We spend the most per person in the world, almost twice as much per person per year as the next most expensive: and we don't guarantee care. Hello, the next most expensive and all of the other nearly 40 countries, first and second world, have universal care for all their citizens. So is our care twice as good?
No, no, no, and no.
Hello, new administration. Let's put the health care dollar where it is paying for health.... in medicare for all and in a single payer system. We have guideline after guideline on how we should treat illnesses, here:
US Preventative Task Force
The guidelines are regularly updated. If we have medicare for ALL then I will KNOW whether a test is covered or not. I have memorized the entire list of medicare covered screening tests and all the details: screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm is covered in male patients age 65-75 who have smoked more than 100 cigarettes in their life and any patient who has a family history. I have the whole list in my brain.
You CAN make a difference. Write to your congresspeople, state and national. Call them. Email them. They all have websites. Tell them YOUR health care story or the story of a friend or family member.
Join Health Care Now and Physicians for a National Health Program.
I want my health care dollar to go to HEALTH CARE.