Health Care costs over 2 Trillion per year. That is $600M per day for a THOUSAND years. I am not sure about the ACA, but can both sides agree WE need to do something to improve our current system?
I favor the idea of a tax free medical savings account. A personal account to which you contribute a weekly dollar amount. Used for medical and emergncy purposes. Like a Christmas Club.
I would move away from a third party payer system, so that we have more free markets & patients can comparison shop. I would have tax free health savings accounts & catastrophic coverage.
It's 505 per person, per month, btw.
Yes. Good math
None better anywhere. Poor distribution of benefits. Wasted Wasted dollars on end of life .. Etc
We have the best healthcare in the world!... If you can afford it... Someone I know flies to Canada to get dental work done, even with the plane ticket it's cheaper.
I think the math is off a little. Doesn't a trillion have 12 zeros, making the time period 10 years? I think your figure has 14. It's still a big number...
But could we have some perspective? This is less than $2 per day per citizen.
And for more perspective, how does it compare to the military budget?
You go lady. Excellent Points.
Yeah, but MY figure was wrong, too. I was just looking at the $600M per day, not the "for a thousand years" part. If that's really 10 years, it comes to (something less than) $200/day/citizen, not $2.
I think, anyway.
Math Majors Help!! 1000 years = 365,000 days .. Yes your right. That's 6M a day for a thousand years. 60M per day for 100 years... 600M per day for 10'years or $6B per day for a year. Lots of $$, how much wasted, misdirected?
Well, who knows? What does that figure cover? All medical costs of all people? And how DOES it compare to military costs?
The U.S. Is the only modern country that does not provide health care for it's citizens. truecostblog.com/2009/08/09/countries-with-universal-healthcare-by-date/
We're in big trouble
It's less than $2 per day per citizen. (I don't know what costs the figure actually includes, though.)
Hm. I think I figured that wrong.
Yes ,, if you can get medical care for $30 per month... You are visiting a magician. Vitamins Cost more than that!!
That is a lot.
It's definitely broken, which is why, love the ACA or don't, the status quo has proven not to be a viable option.
Sadly MD have known this for decades but MDs have NO organizational power.
We spend more on healthcare (as % of GDP) than any other country in the world. Serious reforms are needed.
Avoid excess lab- avoid disease not treat. .. Personal reward for healthy lifestyle!!
Their is no single or simple answer. My first response would be to change the whole Tort system and limit damages to costs, plus $100k.
That is important.
I reject the government being involved in any change.
They do have a poor track record. Maybe we can get things back on track. But they have a tastey idea of sharing in the 2.3 TT budget.
I think prices are high because massive insurance companies are paying medical costs instead of individuals. If a large enough amount of people dropped coverage, prices would go down.