Saturday, August 1, 2009

Healthcare fix

How did we get to this place?

100 years ago the average life expectancy was about 45 years in the US. In the 40's, 50's and 60's, the cream of the crop, the best minds, went into medicine as a career. WWII gave the GI bill which helped with education. The draft, and deferment for education, made competition for the cream of the cream to succeed. Plenty of incentive to study rather than be targets in Korea and Viet Nam.

Unhindered, doctors and scientists were able to add many healthy years to this. when did things start to go awry?

Lawyers and politicians became involved. They made way for the gov't and private 3rd parties to get involved. The gov't wanted to expand to all. The ins. co.s got to hold the purse strings. And through the 70's, 80's and 90's these groups all wanted more and more all the while pointing fingers at the doctors, pharmaceutical companies and each other, while stuffing their own pockets with your healthcare dollars.

The solution is to come to reality: Do the opposite of what has been occurring; disentangle and disengage. Lawyers should only be involved when gross negligence, and I mean really bad medicine, is involved (eg:Michael Jackson's doc)

People get sick. People die. Politicians won't change that fact and interference between doctors and patients will only continue to lower quality os care while increasing the costs.

1 comment:

Archie said...

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