Healthcare is a huge, huge cost in the US. Our healthcare expenses are about half the size of the complete Chinese economy! Our healthcare makes up 1/6th of the economy. Of every hundred dollars the average American spends, $16.52 goes to healthcare. $238,000,000,000 in 2008 alone.
This is just sick (pun intended).
Isn’t this telling us something? I think so. Two things:
- Americans are sick.
- Something is not working.
Americans are Sick
I believe the average American adult is ill. I have a friend who is a medical transcriptionist. Instead of taking notes by hand, doctors dictate patient notes and she types them up. She’s “amazed” at how many people are taking 5 of 6 drugs. Some of them are taking drugs to counteract the side effect of drugs!
In 2007 there were 3.8 BILLION prescriptions filled. This is 12.6 for every man, woman, and child in the US. As far as I’m concerned, if you’re taking a drug, you’re still sick. The illness is there, but even if the symptoms aren’t.
Something is Not Working
Obvious. If they’re not getting better, of course healthcare isn’t working.
This is why I like acupuncture and Oriental medicine so much. It works, it works well, and it’s usually a true cure.
This is also why I’m annoyed with the “Obama” healthcare plan – The Healthcare Reform Act. The whole debate is misleading. It’s not addressing the true problem – “modern” healthcare is behind the times.
What do you think should be in “The Healthcare Reform Act”? What would you like to see happen in your country?