High Costs of Health Care

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Josue Lopez
EN-101
04/25/2012

Today health care reform in the United States is an ongoing battle on Capitol Hill. In 2009 the United States spent around $8,000 per person on health care, that’s 17.6% of our product which is double the amount other industrialized countries spend on health care. Other countries deliver the exact same type of care the United States does but at half the cost. What does this mean about the health care system in place now? This means that there must be some kind of health care reform in the United States. The president has constructed a plan called Obamacare, but this plan will cost the American people more if they do not abide by the individual mandate. If Obamacare is overturned by the Supreme Court it leaves the United States with other options like the single payer system that is currently place in Canada. The single payer system is health care that is funded from a single public insurance pool and the pool is funded by a mix of employees, employers, and the government. Health care should be reformed, but into a more reasonable, efficient and cost effective system like the single payer system so everyone has access to health care.

The United States is currently switching to Obamacare but the bill won’t be fully implemented for a number of years, but until then the people have to make the decision between medical bankruptcy and poor health. Other industrialized countries have their governments argue with health care providers, drug companies, and other people that play a part in health care costs. “In countries like Canada and Britain prices are set by the government. In other countries, like Germany and Japan, they are set by providers and insurers sitting in a room and coming to an agreement, with the government stepping in to set prices if they fail.”(Klein) America spends too much on health care and has made the system into capitalism at its finest. The government needs to step in and start negotiating with drug...
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