Healthcare is an asset, not an expense
There is something Rotten in the U.S. Healthcare system
The republicans had eight years to come up with something better than the Affordable Care Act (ACA). None of the proposals honor the commitment that Donald Trump made during his election. Instead, the proposals includes 1) defunding of preventive care, which will drive up costs, 2) repeal of important provisions that ensure that people with pre-existing conditions can afford a plan 3) Redefinitions of what healthcare is to a point where important care no longer is included driving up out of pocket cost 4) Increase of cost for the elderly who needs healthcare the most.
I am in support of more effective healthcare; however, the inconvenient truth is that the U.S. healthcare system is three times (3X) as expensive per capita compared to the single payer healthcare systems in Europe, which cover EVERYBODY, with comparable outcomes.
"I am always surprised to hear healthcare being a cost. It’s an asset that enables patients to survive, to continue contributing to society, and thereby pay taxes"
In other words, the United States could provide healthcare for ALL with the existing budget by making structural changes.
Here are a couple urgent changes which could provide a more cost-effective healthcare system in the United States:
I do believe that a commercial system can work in the United States; however, the current system is not outcome/value based, and that needs to change.
Being Danish I am intimately aware of the benefits as well as downside of a single payer system which does not implement novel technology with the same enthusiasm as the US system.
Obamacare was a plaster on a problem that needs a root canal, however I am confident that it can be improved and surpass any single payer system granted that the right changes are made. The current AHCA proposals does not do that.
The Trump Healthcare proposals reduces cost by reduce care and limit access for some of the Americans that need it most.
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