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Post by Colme on Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:43 pm

To make a habit of bringing up hot-button issues in American politics, how about Healthcare Reform?

Being familiar with the Canadian healthcare model, I would even say the American reforms don't go far enough.
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Re: Healthcare Reform

Post by MiniSiets on Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:54 pm

I agree with you. I find the Affordable Care Act to be a fairly weak piece of legislation that mostly still leaves citizens at the mercy of private insurance companies. It has some nice provisions in it like the prevention of denying care based on preexisting conditions, but it doesn't nearly go far enough particularly with regards to what the name of the bill suggests, which is to control the costs of healthcare that have been steadily rising every year beyond affordability.

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Re: Healthcare Reform

Post by SkepticalDragon on Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:32 am

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) Article 25
Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control...
Personally I support a socialized health care model, in particular a single-payer health care system. Its been shown more effective and overall cheaper than whatever best describes the American health care system, even if that means a little bit longer wait time for non-urgent care. While the cross country comparison information might be a bit overwhelming the bit of information that is most relevant is the per captia expense, the percentage of the national gdp, and the amount of governmental revenue into that system... in all categories the United States has significantly more of its economy, more of its spending, and more taxes going to health care than other socialized health care systems.

The somewhat disappointing aspect of this is (in an overly simplistic sense per captia means divided to every person) that per captia Japan is spending about $2,750 per person for a health care system that provides reasonable and free access to everyone... but the United States is spending about $7,437 per person for a health care system that is ineffective, fatigued, and doesn't provide access to all... it even has difficulty delivering services to frontier and rural areas of the nation.

Meaning that hypothetically if the United States adopted a socialized health care system similar to that of Japan effectiveness America could easily double the doctors, nurses, hospitals, clinics, and other services becoming the most health care accessible nation on Earth. But it won't happen...

In the short-term the United States should focus on expanding medicaid or offering a public option (the government paying private insurers to pick up uninsured individuals). Also requiring health care insurers to become more akin to consumer cooperatives, which have a history of delivering better and cheaper services.
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