In America, it's "Sickcare" not "Healthcare" - Why this matters.
Listening to talk radio yesterday, the topic was the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the SCOTUS's decision to be revealed this week on whether the ACA is constitutional or not.
A physician called in to give his opinion.... and his opinion was very succinct and spot on - we must take the profit out of healthcare. He spoke about his practice and how he sees only sick people, not healthy people. He stated he gets comments all the time about how he must be rich since he's a doctor, but in reality he makes less than 6 figures. He spoke of a colleague who practices medicine in England. This colleague earned the equivalent of $200,000/year in salary, and received bonuses from the government for keeping his patients healthy - not just treating them when they are sick. He receives a bonus for every one of his patients he gets to stop smoking, for example. He practices 'health' care, not just 'sick' care.
Another caller was a physician's assistant, and she told of how she worked for a huge practice that was owned by a corporation with a CEO. She has 15 min to spend with a patient and the pressure to keep costs to a minimum in tests and procedures, while she continues to see the costs to her patients rise and bonuses to the higher ups rise as well.
This got me to thinking about our healthcare system. I looked it up - we spend only 1-3% of our $2 trillion in medical expenses on public health. With our typical American lifestyle - fast foods, soda, smoking, alcohol, and our only exercise changing the channels on the TV set - these make us prone to chronic, complex, lifelong illnesses. We spend 50% more in health costs per person than any other developed country and this is seriously affecting our economy.... our businesses... us.
Right now, in our current system, the only winners are the large hospital corporations, the health insurance companies, and big pharma. Those of you not involved in the business of healthcare may not see it happening, but the corporate take-over of our nation's health is happening. I see people express the dislike of socialized medicine, but I also see many of these opinions based upon misinformation or ignorance of how our healthcare system works.
This issue isn't about hating Obama or distrusting our government or even whether or not the mandate is constitutional or not.... this is about healthcare as a basic human right. Healthcare corporations do not have a right to make a profit... however, WE have the right to life, liberty, and happiness - and we have none of those if we do not have our health.