We should get our money’s worth from Healthcare

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  • Healthcare should be about patients first, not profits first. The US spends more on healthcare than any other country in the world for results that aren’t even top 25. It is time we got our money’s worth.
  • Healthcare should be about patients, not paperwork. We should simplify patient billing and reduce the amount of paperwork imposed on healthcare professionals.
  • I support a Medicare-for-All healthcare system.

Our healthcare system should put patients before profit, not the other way around . Even though we spend 50% more per-person than countries with top ten healthcare systems — $3000 to $4500 more per person, over a trillion dollars a year nation-wide — the quality of our healthcare is poor. Our health outcomes rank us somewhere in the thirties¹. Not only are we not getting our money’s worth, we are getting ripped off.

I think Americans ought to get their money’s worth, don’t you?

It is time we learned from the success of top-ten health care systems that cost less and deliver better results. We can start by updating and reforming our archaic generic drug and medical device licensing and patent rules, as other countries have, negotiating drug and medical device prices, as other countries do, and getting rid of laws and regulations that add expensive and unnecessary administrative overhead that bury our healthcare system and patients in never-ending mountains of paperwork¹.

More than half of the world’s best healthcare systems²·³ have a single-payer system. I support expanding our Medicare system to a Medicare-for-All system by lowering the age at which people qualify for Medicare every year, including children on the plan, and gradually expanding the list of health issues Medicare covers regardless of age until all Americans are covered.

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Our Congresswoman does not support quality healthcare services.

  • She voted “Aye” (yes) to repeal and not replace the Affordable Care Act on multiple occasions. (HR3762, HR45, HR2)
  • She voted to defund school-based health centers. (HR1214)
  • She voted to defund women’s health services. (HA95, HR3134, HR2)


Related: Women should be masters of their own destiny

Other comments:
In 1980 our patchwork insurance company rules & paperwork drove the cost of heath care up $375 billion a year in the US. Today’s insurance rules are even more complex. We’re moving in the wrong direction! http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM198010233031703

US doctors are moving to Canada where patients come before paperwork: http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2015/05/this-u-s-doctor-is-moving-to-canada-find-out-why.html

1) US doctors spend 2/3 of their time on paperwork . . . More than twice as much of their time as in other countries with top-10: Lee, B, Forbes Magazine, Doctors Wasting Over Two-Thirds Of Their Time Doing Paperwork, Sept 7 2016, https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2016/09/07/doctors-wasting-over-two-thirds-of-their-time-doing-paperwork/#7f36ab65d7b4
2)  Wikipedia, “List of countries by life expectancy,” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy#List_by_the_World_Health_Organization_.282015.29

3) Bloomberg, U.S. Health-Care System Ranks as One of the Least-Efficient,  Sep 28 2016, https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-29/u-s-health-care-system-ranks-as-one-of-the-least-efficient

Source Relman, Arnold, New England Journal of Medicine, Coct 23 1980,
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