Many Greedheads assert that no change is needed because the U.S. already has the best health care system in the world. Even our “reformed” national health care system (Obamacare) is wasteful in continuing a perverse system of incentives for the major players at the expense of patients and taxpayers. Hospitals, doctors, pharmaceutical and insurance companies (and their lawyers) all try to maximize profits by fighting at cross-purposes with each other. This results in an avalanche of paperwork and a huge administrative staff necessary to keep track of it all.
I propose exploring (through the Blog) a more efficient model—a single payer system of universal health care similar to the system in the UK (where doctors are employed and hospitals run by the government) or Canada (where the government purchases health care services from outside organizations). It is hard to imagine a more dramatic example of Greedhead power than the fact that a single payer system was not even on the table as one of the alternatives to our broken free enterprise health care system. And perhaps there is a creative alternative system that hasn’t even been explored.
And what about the individual? Shouldn’t an individual rather than the state or any other group be able to make key medical decisions about his or her body, whether it be about abortion or late-life pain medications and end of life care? Let’s talk (on the Blog) and find some ways to positively change our current health care system.