Health Care Reform – Why Are People So Worked Up?

What makes Americans so worked up about health care change? Statements such as “don’t touch my Medicare” or “everyone needs to have access to state of the artwork health care regardless of cost” are in my judgment uninformed and visceral answers that indicate a poor comprehension of our health treatment system’s history, its current and future resources and the funding challenges that America faces going ahead. While we all speculate how the health treatment system has reached what some label as a crisis stage. Let’s try to take some of the emotion out of the debate by quickly examining how medical care in this country emerged and just how that has formed our thinking and culture about health care. With that as a foundation discussing look at the benefits and drawbacks of the Obama government medical reform proposals and let’s look at the concepts put forth by the Republicans?

Access to cutting edge health care services is something we can all agree would be a positive thing for this country. Experiencing a significant illness is one of life’s major challenges and face it without the methods to pay for it is absolutely frightening. But as we shall see, even as we know the facts, we will see that obtaining this goal will not be easy without our individual contributions. 

These are the designs I will touch on try to make some sense out of what is happening to American health care and things we can personally decide to try make things better.

A current history of American health care – what has driven the expenses so high?
Key elements of the Obama health care plan
The Republican view of health care – free market competition
Universal gain access to state of the art health care – a worthy goal but is not easy to achieve
what do we do?
Initial, let’s get a little historical perspective on North american health care. This is not can be an exhausted look into that history but it will give to us an appreciation of how the care system and our expectations for it developed. What forced costs higher and higher?

To start with, let’s turn to the American civil warfare. In that war, out dated tactics and the conflit inflicted by modern weaponry of the era put together to cause ghastly results. Not generally known is that almost all of the fatalities on both sides of that war were not the result of real combat but to what happened after a battlefield wound was inflicted. To commence with, evacuation of the wounded moved at a snail’s pace which caused severe delays for the wounded. Secondly, many wounds were subjected to wound care, related surgical treatments and/or amputations of the damaged limbs and this often triggered the starting point of massive infection. And so you might survive a battle wound only to die as an effect of medical care providers who although well-intentioned, their interventions were often quite lethal. High death tolls can be ascribed to each day sicknesses and diseases in a time when no antibiotics existed. In total something similar to 600, 000 fatalities occurred from all triggers, over 2% of the U. S. population at the time!

Let’s neglect to the first 50 percent of the 20th hundred years for a few additional perspective and lead all of us up to more modern times. After the city war there was steady advancements in American medicine in both the understanding and treatment of certain diseases, new surgical techniques and physician education and training. But for the most part the best that doctors could offer their patients was obviously a “wait and see” procedure. Medicine could handle bone fractures and increasingly strive risky surgeries (now typically performed in sterile medical environments) but medicines weren’t yet available to manage serious illnesses. The bulk of deaths remained the result of untreatable conditions such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, scarlet fever and measles and/or related complications. General practitioners were increasingly aware of heart and vascular conditions, and cancer nonetheless they got almost nothing which to treat these conditions.