I read this article recently and thought it was interesting!
Health Care Costs: The Wrong Diagnosis
In medical terms, lawmakers and policy makers have made the wrong diagnosis of what's wrong with the American health care system. The fundamental problem - worse than the stratospheric cost - is that the U.S. system doesn't help people become or stay healthy. Our health care system is really a disease management system. It's impossible to make this drug-intensive, technology-centric, and corrupt system affordable. Americans spent $8.4 billion on medicine in 1950, vs. an astonishing $2.3 trillion in 2007. Due to its very nature, the bloated structure of marginal-return tests, patent-protected drugs and "heroic" surgical interventions for virtually every health problem simply can't be made much cheaper.
Beyond that, we don't have much to show for our money: according to a 2000 World Health Organization rating of health care systems, the U.S. ranked near the bottom of the top 40 nations: below Columbia, Chile, Costa Rica and Dominica. High-tech medicine has a secure place in the diagnosis and treatment of serious disease, but our health care professionals are using it for everything, and the cost is going to break us. Instead, these approaches should be limited to cases in which they are clearly indicated: trauma, acute and critical conditions, disease involving vital organs, etc. Most cases of disease should be managed in more affordable ways, based on a new kind of medicine that relies on the human organism's innate capacity for healing and uses inexpensive, low-tech interventions to manage the most common forms of disease. That's what would put the health back into health care.
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