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The Silent Crisis: The Rising Costs of Health Care

by Credo (writer), I practice living in the Spirit, September 01, 2007


If we could but imagine ourselves twenty years from now or even forty years during our retirement and golden years, how our living conditions will more than likely be we would probably sleep in a very uncomfortable and un-peaceful rest for the rest of our lives. Now I know that sounds grim but perhaps if you could anticipate your financial forecast as it relates to health care you may see the emanate crisis which is developing on a more broader scale throughout this country as the issues of healthcare dramatically rises with the cost of its effects on our lives as citizens. The terrible facts remain consistent and rather bleak, that statistically there are a large percentage of people at the age of retirement who can’t afford healthcare because they don’t have health benefits and this swelling number is also growing among the younger generation.

Escalating health care costs continue to remain an issue of great concern for many employers and providers of health care services as well. It is highly recognized that Employers and employees or working people with coverage are the biggest consumers of healthcare and private businesses are also very supportive of the system The United States spends more on health care than any other industrialized nation in the world and yet, in many respects, its citizens are not the healthiest. Some 18 percent of lifetime costs for medical care--over $40,000--are estimated to be incurred in the last year of life. Just think about the enormous cost for aids treatments and the maintenance cost for numerous aid survivors, it’s astronomical.

Despite expenditures in excess of $1 trillion, the number of people without health insurance continues to increase reaching 43.4 million--16.1% of our population--in 1997 (that number has grown). The Health Care Financing Administration's analysts previously projected that, beginning in 1998, national health spending would again begin to grow faster than the rest of the economy. Despite the fact that the United States is said to be the riches country in the world, a super power, its healthcare system leaves a lot to be desired. As opposed to United States healthcare Canada for instance has a more desirable healthcare system which all Americans can and would appreciate since the citizens there have no issues concerning health insurance nor the cost of medical treatment as a result of the governments intention to cover the bill. Canadians pay no healthcare bills and have no need for any of the bureaucracy that generally follow our healthcare system (filling out forms, filing income tax, paying healthcare insurance paying medical co-payments and the high cost of medicine). The most interesting thing I have found out about this comparison between American and Canadian healthcare is that Canadians live far longer than Americans and this seems to be as a result of their healthcare system which acts immediately upon any emergency, has an excellent health prevention strategy and no insurance paper work is ever needed to go into the hospital of your choice.

There are many differences that exist among our two governments but we must examine why our healthcare system has failed and why their system of healthcare is so successful. For one thing the doctors here (in America) as well as the medical and pharmaceutical industry receive more money on the production and assembly line of patients they sale their services to. On the contrary in Canada the financial incentive is given to doctors according to how many patients they heal in that year, the more they accomplish in the way of healthcare, medical breakthroughs and medicine the more money they earn from the government. That means that if a doctor should convince their patients to stop say smoking then they would be recognized for prevention treatments and rewarded by their government with more money at the end of the year.

Here are some of the differences of interest that I have also found so distressing, in America there are some people who have lost there homes (Homes which they by the way have spent their lives paying for) to the rising cost of medical treatment, and the cumbersome cost of nursing homes. No one has ever squandered their homes at an old age in light of the medical and healthcare cost in Canada. Perhaps these findings prove to be the reason for their perfect health in Canada and the stress free nature of the people there.

After building your life to a point where you have finally purchased your dream home you now must relocate at an old age to either a relatives home , an apartment, a nursing home or become homeless because you lost everything to the medical and healthcare industry. I think this is very unfair to our parents, to our elderly and one day soon to ourselves as we are next in line to enjoy the hospitality of the American healthcare financially radical industry. It is explosively obvious that we as Americans must begin to reassess our medical system and reorganize our healthcare system to fit the needs of the people and not the desires of the people who serve in the healthcare business. The primary concern should always be the successful application of healthcare and that means reward to that end, in stead of allowing our medical industry to continue to see its patients and their insurance companies as dollars signs and not people and human beings in need of services. I think our priorities have been overlooked and we need to pay closer attention to them as it relates to these issues of national health and insurance. With this system we are gabling with our lives and the future lives of our children; what do you think?
At this rate of growing medical and healthcare cost, our children and grandchildren will all be either uninsured, work with no healthcare coverage, perhaps even homeless if we don’t make some changes in our current healthcare dealings Because healthcare takes a major portion of the average American citizens finances it should be among the priorities of our politicians and it should be a major concern of the people who vote and of those who pay taxes..

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By Rose Mountain on May 05, 2008 at 12:24 am

Thanks for great information Credo.

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By Credo on May 07, 2011 at 12:13 am

Thanks again guys.


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