Updated on August 12, 2018
Health Care Reform – Why Are People So Worked Up?
What makes Americans so worked up about health care change? Statements such as “don’t touch my Medicare” or “everyone must have access to state of the skill health care no matter cost” are in my thoughts and opinions uninformed and visceral reactions that indicate a poor knowledge of our health health care system’s history, its current and future resources and the funding challenges that America faces going frontward. While we all ponder how the health health care system has reached what some label as a crisis stage. Let’s try to take some of the emotion out of the debate by in short , examining how healthcare in this country emerged and just how that has formed our thinking and culture about health care. With that as a foundation why don’t we look at the positives and negatives of the Obama government medical care reform proposals and let’s look at the concepts put forth by the Republicans? low libido
Access to cutting edge health care services is something we can all agree would be a valuable thing for this country. Experiencing an important illness is one of life’s major challenges and face it without the ways to pay for it is absolutely frightening. But as we shall see, after we know the facts, we will see that attaining this goal will not be easy without our individual contributions.
These are the styles I will touch on try to make some sense out of what is happening to American health care and things we can personally decide to try make things better.
A newly released history of American health care – what has driven the expenses so high?
Key elements of the Obama health care plan
The Republican view of health care – free market competition
Universal gain access to state of the art health care – a worthy goal although not easy to achieve
what do we do?
Initially, let’s get a little historical perspective on North american health care. This is not can be an exhausted look into that history but it will provide us with an appreciation of how the care system and our expectations for it developed. What went costs higher and higher?
To start with, let’s turn to the American civil warfare. In that war, old tactics and the conflit inflicted by modern weaponry of the era put together to cause ghastly results. Not generally known is that the majority of the fatalities on both sides of that war were not the result of real combat but to what happened after a battlefield wound was inflicted. To commence with, evacuation of the wounded moved at a snail’s pace which caused severe delays for the wounded. Secondly, many wounds were subjected to wound care, related surgical treatments and/or amputations of the afflicted limbs and this often ended in the attack of massive infection. Thus you might survive a battle wound only to die as a consequence of medical care providers who although well-intentioned, their interventions were often quite lethal. High death tolls can even be ascribed to every day sicknesses and diseases in a time when no antibiotics existed. In total something such as 600, 000 fatalities occurred from all triggers, over 2% of the U. S. population at the time!
Let’s neglect to the first 50 percent of the 20th hundred years for a few additional perspective also to lead all of us up to more modern times. After the city war there was steady advancements in American medicine in both the understanding and treatment of certain diseases, new surgical techniques in addition to physician education and training. But for the most part the best that doctors could offer their patients was obviously a “wait and see” procedure. Medicine could handle bone fractures and increasingly make an effort risky surgeries (now typically performed in sterile operative environments) but medicines weren’t yet available to manage serious illnesses. The vast majority of deaths remained the result of untreatable conditions such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, scarlet fever and measles and/or related complications. General practitioners were increasingly aware of heart and vascular conditions, and cancer however they acquired almost nothing which to treat these conditions.