11 Reasons Why Our Healthcare System is Limping Along
No matter what anyone’s expert opinion may be, there is no more argument that the healthcare system in the United States is broken. Medicine in America is simply is not working the way it should. Here are the 11 of the most obvious reasons.
1. The dramatic growth of our population, alongside aging Baby Boomers has sharply increased the need for medical interventions. Until recently this combination of citizenry has been willing and able to pay exorbitant rates for medical care from their wealth of savings. The majority can no longer afford those rates.
2. Rampant deregulation coupled with wanton greed have clouded the view of what healthcare is really supposed to be about, the welfare of the patients. Instead of actually being about keeping people healthy and restoring health from disease or injury, healthcare has become another bottom-line industry like any other. The only priority is the wealth gained by doctors, administrators, and stockholders. Somehow we must take monetary gain out of the healthcare equation.
Lack of Preventative Care
3. Preventative care is not a priority for every citizen. Therefore, Emergency Rooms and trauma centers must take on cases with extreme measures to save patients that are in the end stages of diseases, such as pulmonary failures, diabetes, and obesity. This could have been prevented while the patients were still healthy.
Rigid AMA Control
4. The once wealthy AMA-driven healthcare system is now hurting, because they priced themselves out of business. Over 50,000,000 American citizens of the United States, cannot get the medical help they need, yet they represent a huge demand to a system that caters to supply only a small wealthy demand.
Obsession with Technology
5. Medical technology companies are enticing their customers to rapidly cycle through replacing perfectly operational machines with new versions, just to build bottom-line profits. Young Silicon Valley hype-meisters care only about pushing the “Next Big Shiny Thing” in medical technology and nothing for actual sick people. It’s just a game for them, because they have never experienced real difficulties or pain. Lack of medical communications systems interoperability is creating maddening roadblocks that in some cases have led to deaths!
Blocked by Traditions
6. An obsession with traditions in medical education and patient processes is blocking and often eliminating agents for change to new education and process methods that will actually work in our modern age.
7. Cancer treatment is still one of the top paying medical areas, even though a number of cancer cures outside the US have proven effective in many, many cases. The AMA adamantly denies that such cures exist, but this author has first-hand knowledge that at least one cancer cure is quite real. Many people have discovered that US cancer treatment is a cruel, not-invented-here medical patent shell game. These patients have naturally often abandoned US doctors and traveled to other countries where cures actually do exist. No amount of AMA spin-doctoring is going to change the minds of those who have experienced the truth. This is, no doubt, one of the many reasons so many people distrust US medical authorities, to the point of keeping their kids from getting vaccinations.
Too Much Complexity
8. Technical procedure complexity has outstripped healthcare workers’ ability to keep up and cope, while balancing heavy patient loads, resulting in lower healthcare quality all around. Our medical system generally cares a lot more about worshiping at the altar of Technology than caring for their patients.
9. Lack of a National Health Information Technology System (HITS) precipitates bad diagnoses, screwed up prescriptions, and delays in treatment that result in complications. This has often resulted in completely preventable, major life-altering incidents and sometimes in death. These issues are caused by the “left hand doesn’t know what the right hand did,” syndrome plaguing Americans just as fully as an antibiotic-resistant bacterial plague might.
10. Apathy to the problem and institutionalized resistance to change, especially since a significant part of the population works in this overpaid industry, accumulates into a quagmire of powerful stagnation.
Too Rich to Win
11. The US was ranked 37th by the World Health Organization in 2009, as compared to the overall quality of healthcare in other countries. It seems that affluenza may bring us down just as effectively as Rome was ended. Money can’t buy happiness, or good health.
The dire need for healthcare reform in the US has been apparent for several years. Some medical authorities are claiming to rise as champions to the cause. But, mostly it looks like the same wolves in different sheep coverings, selling ever more complex technological solutions for ever more costs. Patient care must at some point, finally, come first before profits. And, we must provide real health insurance for everyone.
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