Starting off with my first major blog post, I figured I would start with something that covers everything that I think this page will be about. This not only entails political opinions or observations, but I am also a part of the healthcare system and sort of get a look from the inside, and get to see what the problems are. So what are the problems?
Firstly, the cost of doing business. We constantly get the response that there is an increasing amount of the “baby boomer” generation getting older and using more and more of the healthcare resources, and this is true. It seems that when I am working, most of the patients that we take to the hospital are a part of this generation. But that is only Emergency Medicine and not counting the countless routine doctor visits they make.
But how do these “baby boomers” affect me and the cost I pay? They affect the cost because of the way insurance works. When you pay your health insurance, you are not paying into a trust that helps pay your bills *if* you do get sick, you are paying to a joint fund, and whenever someone gets sick, the joint fund pays 70% or whatever percentage is in the contract. So therefore, not only is our taxes paying for the older generations through Social Security, we are also paying their healthcare, not only through Medicare, but also through their supplemental programs. And the more money that these “funds” lose, the more money they need to get from everyone which is why insurance costs keep going up.
But why are the medical bills so high before insurance? That is because of supply and demand, there are only so many doctors and so many machines(many of which were created by NASA because they are sophisticated machines). Not only just supply and demand, but also the doctors need different insurance like Medical Liability insurance, on top of all the insurance everyone should have like health, home, and auto insurance. Now it isn’t only because the doctors need more money in the end of the day, but it is also because the hospitals have to pay for supplies that were never payed for.
Now that might sound strange, but it is a major problem that has caused problems. In America, any Emergency Department must help without questions of how these supplies and services are going to be paid for. This is wonderful and shows just the type of people that this career field attracts, but it hurts the hospitals, and causes them to charge more per patient to break even. While most hospitals aren’t really “for-profit” they like to make a profit so that way they can upgrade services and aging equipment. And I think we can all agree that updating equipment and services is good.
Now, how do we figure out a plan to make this issue, not an issue anymore? I don’t have an answer for that, but I believe that it starts with getting doctors, hospital directors, EMS coordinators, insurance companies, and legislators in a room together, and start talking over ideas. That is the only way we are going to hope to fix this growing problem. Personally I believe that if there were less government involvement I think it would be the best, but understandably there is a point in the middle were there is some government involvement that can work for everyone. But the way to a solution always starts with taking the first step.
Thank you for reading, and I will leave you with this.
“If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls who live under tyranny.” — Thomas Jefferson