Thursday, March 25, 2010

Government Role in Healthcare

Here is a great article that I found a while back that explains the history of health insurance in the United States and how government intervention into medicine got us into the mess we are in today. It's a long article, but here are some of the key points:

  • The difference between health care and health insurance.

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield started out a non-profit to protect doctors from losses, not patients.

  • How insurance raised the cost of health care in this country.

  • How government intervention worsened heath care costs.

  • Routine maintenance is not covered in our auto and home insurance policies, so why is it covered in our health insurance?

  • The failures of government-run Medicare and Medicaid.

  • Government mandates increase the cost of insurance. Here's a great quote in response to that:
    "This is the health care equivalent of the government requiring all homeowners insurance policies to cover theft of coin collections, even though most homeowners do not own coin collections."

  • Why the wait in the EMERGENCY room is so long and why many are closing their doors for good.

  • ER doctors often willingly break federal law just by telling you the condition of your loved one.

  • Documented statistics that show that the mortality rate for cancer is higher in the single-payer system of Canada.

  • Why Canadians doctors are flocking to the United States to practice medicine.

  • Small-business owners are being run out of business because of the government forcing costs upon them.

  • Americans are very charitable with their money especially when they have more of it to give.

  • Practical solutions to the health care problem in our country.