SUMMARY: The current state of healthcare is unsustainable. Please read that again. There are too many players who are taking too much money in profits while adding little if any value.
IN SUMMARY: The Democrats control the Senate now,. A poll last April shows that 69 percent of registered voters support Medicare for All, a plan that would create a national health insurance plan available for all Americans. (The poll was conducted by the Washington, D.C. newspaper The Hill and the market research company HarrisX). But are we asking the right questions in these polls?
HEY NOW: Cardiovascular disease costs $351 billion annually in health care spending and lost productivity, while diabetes costs $327 billion annually. These costs are largely because 71% of Americans are overweight and 42.5% are obese. It’s more of a national emergency than Covid, but you won’t find it in the news.
SUMMARY: (Axios) The U.S. spent $3.8 trillion on health care last year, accounting for about 18% of the entire American economy, according to new federal data. The U.S. has by far the most expensive health care system in the world, and every year it eats up a little more — from the federal government, states, employers, and individuals. This is unsustainable.
SUMMARY: (JAMA) The median drug wholesale list price (as defined by Average Wholesale Price) increased by 129% from 2010-2016, while median patient out-of-pocket costs increased by 53% and median insurance payments after rebates and discounts increased by 64%. Say goodbye to all the supposed goodwill.
|Cardiovascular disease deaths in the US have increased by nearly 17% since 2010, and are among the reasons that life expectancy in the U.S. is lower than in other high-income countries. The U.S. has also seen reversals in health improvements since 2010, partly due to increasing rates of obesity, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar.|
WHAT? There is going to be more coverage for virtual doctors’ visits in new employee health plans along with expanded mental health benefits and access to on-site health clinics. Of course, this comes at an increased cost even though health insurers are making a lot of money.
IN SUMMARY: American healthcare is failing. Not only has the FDA become a political pawn but almost half the population is now obese. While there are lots of reasons for this the silence of healthcare providers is a huge reason.