Everyone in the US needs to remember that the first step in fixing a problem is to admit that you have a problem.
We have a large problem.
The title of this post says it all! Everyone knows that we have a huge problem in the cost of healthcare in The United States.
I hope this will put it into perspective for you:
Healthcare costs are rising 8 - 10% per year and are projected to rise at that rate through 2010.
For 2005 the cost of a comprehensive healthcare plan was $11,480 for a family of 4 for one year.
The United States spends 4 and 1/2 times as much on healthcare as on our military.
Since 2001 the Healthcare sector has added 1.7 million new employees. The rest of the private sector added a net of zero jobs.
Breakdown of healthcare spending by income:
The richest 5% of Americans account for 55% of the healthcare spending
The poorest 50% of Americans account for 3% of the healthcare spending
The United States currently spends 16% of the entire National GDP on healthcare. This will grow to 20% by 2015. The United States spends the HIGHEST percentage of GDP in the world on healthcare. 2nd and 3rd are Germany and Switzerland at 11% of GDP. In relative terms, we spend 1.5 times as much as the next most expensive country per capita on healthcare. Also please remember that EVERYONE in Germany and Switzerland have free healthcare of some sort.
Almost 47 million Americans do not have health insurance.
Disaster is approaching. This is another crisis that will harm my kids and grandkids because NO ONE is willing to fix the problem today.
Please remember the first step to fixing a problem is to realize that you have a problem; we have a problem...
Nothing that our government is currently considering will fix the massive and inefficient healthcare system in place in The US. I am not sure if the current system can ever be fixed.
I think there are a lot of problems with the current system and I am not sure how we can fix them. The problems I see include:
1. We added 1.7 million health care jobs. These people have to make a living and it comes from those of us getting healthcare. Healthcare jobs tend to be very high paying and have great benefits.
2. The insurance companies have helped create a system that is inefficient and makes consumers not pay attention to what they are charged since "my insurance is paying for it."
3. The government got into healthcare and added yet another layer of paperwork and waste to the entire system.
This problem is not going to go away.
It is going to get worse...