Is Our Health Care System Killing Us?

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The United States spent more per capita ( $7,146 ) and also the most as a percentage of the GNP (15.2 %) than any other country in 2008; yet, the U.S. ranked last in the quality of health care compared to similar countries. A male in this country will live four years less than a male in the highest rated country. This with the staggering number of 49.9 million Americans that are without health insurance; these are 2010 figures and I am sure they are higher now. Add to that the fact that the third leading cause of death in the U.S. is from the health care itself. These caused by medication errors, unnecessary surgery, preventable hospital errors, hospital infections and adverse drug reactions.

At the same time the rate of cancer deaths from 1974 to 1994 were almost identical, while from 1980 to 2000 the obesity rate has doubled, with about a third of those over twenty years of age being obese. In this country 47 % of males and 38 % of females will get cancer of some sort in their lifetime unless we change what we are doing. The percent increase in this country of diabetes ranges from a high of 70 % in the 30 to 39 age group to a low of 31 % in the 50 to 59 age group. Folks, this is only from 1990 to 1998, eight years. The sad fact is that over a third of us don’t know we have it.

Why is it not working? This is my opinion, you are welcome to agree or disagree. The health care industry has become big business with billions of dollars to be made, they don’t want us to be healthy ( mostly ). They want you to start taking expensive drugs and using expensive tests early in life and to go to your grave depending on them. I am sure they are sorry if you die prematurely but only from the standpoint that their cash cow dies with you. Don’t get me wrong there are good people in the health care industry that are caring people and that are heart-broken every time they see a patient that they can not help. There are doctors that got into the profession to help people who have to do things every day that go against their principles just to keep their doors open.

I believe that one of the reasons that some people are unhealthy is because they have good insurance where their out-of-pocket cost is minimal. They go to the doctor for even minor problems, sometimes demand medicines that they do not need or will not work and will take any test or any medicine their doctor orders because it costs them little or nothing. They expect the medical profession to fix whatever their poor eating and lifestyle has done to their bodies, like putting a bandage on a cut. Then they do not have to take the responsibility to take care of their own bodies and live a healthy lifestyle. I have news for them, their approach is not working, reread the statistics above.

When I was born (1946) health insurance was unknown to most Americans, we went to the doctor when we had to and we paid for it ourselves or in some cases we traded chickens, eggs or whatever we had that the doctor could use to pay the bill. I guess even then some doctors got into the profession to get rich but for most of them it was for the desire to help others. Even if they could have gotten rich doing it, most people would not have picked a profession where they were on call 24/7 as they were back then. Most small towns, if they were lucky enough to have a doctor, only had one and they had to be available at anytime.

I could go on but I think you get my point. When we decide to take charge of our own health and quit blindly allowing a for profit industry to do with us as they wish and assuming  they are doing the right thing for us, the sooner we will regain the health we can have and deserve. We can not just blindly trust that those in the medical industry to have our best interests at heart. God gave us a brain, it is up to us to use it.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson


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