Why are Americans so worked up about health care reform? Statements such as “don’t touch my Medicare” or “everyone should have access to state of the art health care irrespective of cost” are in my cardioxil opinie opinion uninformed and visceral typical reactions that indicate an unsatisfactory understanding of our wellbeing care bodies history, its current and future resources and the funding challenges that America faces going forward. While we all wonder how the health care system has reached what some refer to as a crisis stage. Let’s try to take some of the experiencing out of the debate by for a while examining how health care in this country emerged and how that has formed our thinking and culture about health care. With that as a foundation let’s look at the pros and cons of the Federal government health care reform recommendations and let’s look at the concepts you try to by the Republicans?
Access to state of the art health care services is something we can all agree would be a positive thing for this country. Experiencing a serious illness is one of life’s major challenges and to face it without the means to pay for it is positively frightening. But even as would certainly see, even as know the facts, we will find that achieving this goal will not be easy without our individual contribution.
These are the themes I will touch on in order to make some sense out of what is happening to American health care and the steps we can personally take to make things better.
Web pages history of American health care — what has driven the costs so high?
Important components of the Obama health care plan
The Republican view of health care — free market competition
Worldwide access to state of the art health care — a worthy goal but not easy to achieve
so what can we do?
First, let’s get a little historical perspective on American health care. This is not designed to be an exhausted look into that history but it will give us an appreciation of how the health care system and our expectations for it developed. What had costs higher and higher?
To begin, let’s turn to the American municipal war. In that war, outdated tactics and the carnage ınduced by modern weapons of the era combined to cause dreadful results. Not generally known is that most of the fatalities on both sides of that war just weren’t the result of actual combat but from happened looking for battlefield twisted was ınduced. To begin with, evacuation of the hurt moved at a snail’s pace and this caused severe delays in treating the hurt. Secondly, many wounds were subjected to twisted care, related surgeries and/or amputations of the affected arms or legs and this often resulted in the start of massive infection. To survive a battle twisted only to die at the hands of medical treatment providers who although well-intentioned, their interventions were often quite deathly. High death tolls can also be related to everyday ailments and diseases in a time when no antibiotics existed. In total something like 600, 000 fatalities occurred from all causes, over 2% of the You. S. population at the time!
Let’s skip to the first half of the the twentieth century for some additional perspective and to bring us up to more sophisticated times. After the municipal war there were steady improvements in American medicine in the understanding and treatment of certain diseases, new precise techniques and in physician education and training. But for the most part the best that doctors could offer their patients was a “wait and see” approach. Medicine could handle bone cracks and increasingly attempt risky surgeries (now largely performed in sterile and clean precise environments) but medicines just weren’t yet available to handle serious illnesses. The majority of fatalities remained the result of untreatable conditions such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, scarlet fever and measles and/or related complications. Doctors were increasingly aware of heart and vascular conditions, and cancer but they had almost nothing with which to treat these conditions.
This very basic review of American history helps us to understand that until quite recently (around the 1950’s) we had virtually no technologies with which to treat serious or even minor ailments. Here is a critical point we need to understand; “nothing to treat you with means that visits to the doctor if were relegated to emergencies so in such a scenario costs are curtailed. The easy on her that there was little for doctors to offer and therefore virtually nothing to drive health care spending. A second factor holding down costs was that procedures that were provided were paid for out-of-pocket, meaning by way of a persons personal resources. There was no such thing as health insurance and certainly not health insurance paid by an employer. Except for the very destitute who have been lucky to find their way into a charity hospital, health care costs were the duty of the individual.