- Why is the healthcare system in the US so chaotic and prohibitively expensive? The answer lies in the fact that the market, rather than state intervention, is the primary factor that shaped how healthcare is provided for the majority.
- Related: On Defending Medicare, The Best Defense Is A Good Offense
Parson Young, Socialist Appeal
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | To say that the American healthcare system is criminally expensive and convoluted would be an understatement. Earlier this year, the New York Times reported that 20% of people under the age of 65, although insured, have trouble paying medical bills. 75% of them reported that, as a result, they had had to cut back on household spending, and 63% of them used up all or most of their savings to pay a medical bill. In 2015, an average family of four had to shell out $24,671 for medical expenses. An ambulance ride costs $164 per mile, on average. An emergency room visit by itself could cost you around $1,233. The national average for a vaginal birth is now $8,775, and a c-section will set you back $11,525.
At the same time, medical and healthcare professionals are relentlessly overworked. Nurses in the US often work shifts that can run as long as 24 to 36 hours. Only 16% of nurses in a national survey think they are adequately compensated. There is a chronic shortage of doctors, who spend an average of just 12 minutes per patient during appointments. Moreover, the for-profit system creates incentives for doctors to provide add-on services, often medically unnecessary, which leads to an estimated 210,000 patients dying each year due to medical errors.
Parson Young is from Taiwan.
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On Defending Medicare, The Best Defense Is A Good Offense, Demanding Medicare For All Now, The Pen
- It is not enough to demand that Medicare not be cut. That is what
- Bernie is calling on us to demand right now, which is fine as far as
- it goes. But to really protect Medicare at all our strategy must be
- to demand more. We must demand that it be expanded instead. That means Medicare for all. Now.