The "Impossible" Healthcare Solution: Go Back to Cash

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 30 Jul 2009 11:50:13 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Charles Hugh Smith - Using a 1952 maternity ward price list, Mr. Smith proposes that we return health care to a market between patients and doctors, instead of a giant pool of insurance money, with the sharks all eating as much as they can get away with.

When it comes right down to it, the current system is based on this premise: the average American is too dumb to figure out healthcare for themselves and so we need a gigantic structure of "experts" to figure out what should be done and what it should cost. It's not even really "insurance" because everyone gets old, ill and then dies.

This has resulted in the most brutally inefficient and even cruel system possible, one in which the very elderly are milked for hundreds of thousands of dollars of "healthcare" in the last days or weeks of their lives while tens of millions get no care at all except at the emergency room. Since no one takes responsibility for their own health or healthcare costs, then people take poor care of themselves and thus many of our ills are self-inflicted. People save little to nothing for emergencies because they've learned to expect someone, somewhere, to pay for their healthcare. (It's a "right." Really? At whose expense? The Chinese who buy our debt?)

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