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One of the chief causes for high health costs

Watch this video and you will understand why health care costs so much in this country.

It is NOT because we need government-run health care.  No, that would be a disaster of much bigger proportions.

At least with the current system the health care industry has some ability to try and keep things under control.  (Watch the interesting solution in which a hospital pays out their own money to solve the root cause.)

If we can fix this problem — by addressing the root cause at a different federal agency — health care costs will be much more reasonable for all of us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLJxmJZXgNI

6 Comments:

  • If the current situation were solved, the regular citizens would each benefit a little bit ~ lower costs.
    Under the current situation, companies that provide the equipment, medicines, personnel, transport, etc. used in and by hospitals have a *concentrated* benefit and profit margin. The woman in the video mentioned expenses of some large numbers. That money was received by many different businesses. Those companies are certainly in no hurry to see the 'problem' go away.

    By time*treat, at 2:32 AM

  • I didn't watch the Video but I will say this - AVOID THINGS THAT CAUSE HEALTH PROBLEMS!
    I don't smoke and I try to stay away from smokers. I avoid deep fried foods. I use filtered water. I avoid High Fructose corn syrup. I avoid salt. I avoid artificial sweetners. etc...etc...
    If you don't need the services of the healthcare system then you dont have to worry about how much they cost.

    By Think, at 10:52 AM

  • Think - of course I agree that people should "avoid" known carcinogens. You are smart to cut out the things you listed. However, your statement about not needing health care isn't true. Health care is a misnomer. It's sick care. Sure, you don't need health care if you are healthy, but what about all the congenital illnesses? Diabetes? What if you fall or get into an accident? You can do everything right and still get cancer or have a heart attack or stroke.

    Todd, interesting video. Thank you. Living in FL, I've often discussed this with friends. I think all people need to be cared for, but as a taxpayer and American citizen without health coverage, this is very upsetting to me. Just last week when I was sick I told a friend I need to go to Mexico and sneak back illegally so I can go to the hospital. It's just part of the problem too. A few years ago I had very good insurance and was sent to a lab for an EKG. I don't know what my doctor thought she saw, but she scared me and said I had to see a cardiologist right away. (her friend maybe?) I had a stress test, echocardiogram and some blood tests. Fortunately, my heart was perfect. Going a little further back, about 15 years ago I had debilitating headaches and went to a neurologist. He had a C-scan in his office and scanned my head, neck, upper & lower back. The bill was over $3,500 & was paid about half. He had no idea he was a member of a network & after I got threats regarding collection, I requested a hearing. Met Life finally sent him a letter explaining he had to accept their contracted fee or he'd be in violation. Sorry for the long comment, but here's just one more. In my 30s I was injured & a doctor suggested I enter a 30 day pain program he ran at a hospital. I felt better, changed my mind & even took a trip to Hawaii. My insurance company was billed for his consultations during the time I was on the beaches of Maui and Kauai. They later claimed it was a bookkeeping error. That was in 1988, so the abuse by doctors has been going on for a long time.

    By justxploring, at 3:11 PM

  • @justexploring: I hear you, there are definitely some other causes of runaway costs in health care. Other than the one in the video, the other two major causes are fraud and frivolous lawsuits. Both of those two things drive up doctor insurance costs, and they simply pass the costs on to their patients. Now it's gotten so bad that it is very common to see the patient's insurance company not cover the whole cost of a procedure, claiming it's higher than "usual and customary" costs. So not only do you have to pay deductables out of pocket, but now also the gap between "customary" costs and what the doctor really charges.

    All of these things can and should be addressed by Congress. Their lack of action is hurting everyone, and it's the exact same lack of action that has hurt energy costs. Congress's lack of a backbone and lack of action is the root cause of most of the problems they want to solve with Socialist programs, like government-run healthcare.

    By Todd, at 6:10 PM

  • I don't really want socialized medicine, Todd. I just want a comprehensive plan that I can afford, make my contribution, and receive quality care. I'm also concerned about a national plan. The plans Obama has talked about sound too liberal.   But I see firsthand the way insurance companies cherry pick policyholders and rate up people with pre-existing conditions. I realize they are in the business to make money, so I don't know if there is any other solution except some kind of government program.

    By justxploring, at 8:57 PM

  • The plans of both Clinton and Obama are socialized medicine. It's not just "liberal". Liberal would be doing something to tax the insurance companies or forcing employers to provide health insurance for all part-time workers, or something along those lines.

    Obama's own description of his healthcare starts as follows: "Obama will make available a new national health plan to all Americans".

    A national health plan.

    Then he will create a government organization to control everyone who wants to buy their own private plan (separate from the "national health plan"). Although the funny thing is that because the government will make up all the rules the "private companies" will have to live by, it is essentially a government-run plan itself!

    Here's the official description:

    "The Obama plan will create a National Health Insurance Exchange to help individuals who wish to purchase a private insurance plan. The Exchange will act as a watchdog group and help reform the private insurance market by creating rules and standards for participating insurance plans to ensure fairness".

    Fairness and capitalism don't mix. Fairness is what is achieved in the marketplace when people naturally do business with the companies that offer the best deal. It is never achieved when the government forces private companies to do things in a certain way. "Fairness" in that case means that certain groups of people (usually aligned along voting bloc lines) get something that is too much, and everyone else who doesn't matter to the politician keeping their power gets the shaft. And as a country we draw ever so closer to becoming a socialist country through-and-through.

    We defeated socialism in the Cold War. So what do the elitists convince the sheep in this country do? To make us become just like the failed society that we defeated. And like them, we will be defeated by some other rising power(s) that understand that it is freedom that makes a country great, not government.

    By Todd, at 2:09 AM

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