Improving Health Care in the United States
by Thomas A. Stobie, SFO
I will address some major areas where health care can be improved in the United States. This entails
identifying major problems in the current health care system and then providing ways of addressing these
From a federal government point of view, I would call these collectively "Diverse Free Market Consumer-Driven Health Care". We need to take the politics out of medicine. Currently our health care system behaves more like a monopoly than a free market and the best care is reserved for the wealthy.
Provided that the government permits free market activity in the medical industry, it should:
Here Government refers to the federal and state governments. The federal government needs to insure that
state governments do not violate freedom of conscience rights of medical providers and personnel.
By improving consumer awareness of health care costs and promoting more diversity in the health care
industry, the free market system should promote lower health care costs and improved health care for most
There will be consumers who do not want to take the effort to better manage the cost of their health care, but many will. Some will not be able to manage it, but hopefully their plans will guide them in cost-effective high quality medical decisions.
Health Care plans may move to more resemble auto insurance where they are may options that may be selected and discounts for good behaviors (such as non-smoking).
While there will be those, who in the effort to make money, will provide low quality care, overall the health care system should be significantly improved.
It may develop under the free market, two or more major flavors of healthcare, differentiated by the moral views of the providers and consumers. This is fine. Many Christians today feel that many providers are unethical today by the type of medicine practiced (providing/recommending contraceptives for example) and the result on the patient, their families, and the overall community and do not want to use these providers if they can help it. Likewise, many people living a lifestyle of getting the most out of the moment, want providers to assist in this philosophy and object to the ethical providers who will not assist them in this.
In the last few decades, politicians has used the medical industry to advance their own political views at the expense of the American citizen. Exemptions are granted in law and in government practice (against the law) to subset of medicine that advocate certain political views. This needs to stop, but will not with the current state and federal government leaders, so diversity of view most be allowed for and freedom of conscience must be permitted.
The federal government over time should see cost savings in healthcare they provide and may be able to expand its coverage for the poor and disabled.
The news program 20/20 had a report in late summer 2007 on the health care situation in the United States that illustrated some other problems with the current system in the United States as well as the problems with Governmental provided universal care, such as in Canada.
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Last modified on 23 Dec 2008.