Who do you trust more, the government or capitalism?
What three letters can provide you with quality medical care for about half the price of a typical Doctors appointment and provide you with a 90 day supply of most prescriptions meds for less than a movie and popcorn?
The answer is WAL Walmart, Walgreens. Walgreens is leading the way in the development of retail health clinics, right in the pharmacy and you can do your shopping while you wait. Walmart is also in the development stage of such programs. These clinics are growing and providing healthcare at up 1/6th of the cost of doctors and hospitals collecting pay from insurance. The quality of care give by masters degreed nurse practitioners is so good that two thirds of visits are paid for by insurance.
In 2006 Walmart decided to lower their prescrition drug costs on most generics to $4 for a thirty day supply. That launched, what was desrcibed by Bloomberg "as a fierce price war that has saved Americans literally billions of dollars." As of 2008 Walmart alone save Americans over 1 billion, that does not include all the pharmacies that have followed suit.
Now we have ehealthinsurance.com, that is saving people approaching billions in the cost of insurance.
We have healthcarebluebook.com that is now arming people with the ability to negotiate with Doctors and they are more than happy too, just to avoid the hassle of dealing with insurance companies.
We have Teladoc and American well that is now saving trips to the ER and Drs offices for much less money. We have virtual clinics making a rise where (thanks to innovation from the porn industry with the development of webcams) Drs can look in your ears nose and throat with webcams saving Americans billions.
And then we have the No Insurance club gaining momentum. $500 a year can get you 12 Drs appointments very low cost blood work, prescriptions and other tests.
These are just some of the innovative ideas that capitalism is dreaming up, while the government is trying to kill it.
Amount the government said medicare would cost in 1990 was $12 billion.
The real cost was $107 billion.
Who do you trust?