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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cracked.com -- If, like us, you've ever had to pay $5,000 in medical bills for a few stitches after crashing your razor scooter trying to jump a bag of charcoal, you already know how nightmarishly ridiculous the state of health care in the U.S. has become.

However, odds are you have no idea why health care costs more than a newspaper heir's ransom and rarely seems to make anyone better.

As it turns out, the causes of our terrible system are pretty obvious, but for some reason, nobody has figured out how to make them go away.

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5. We Pay More For Every Uninsured Citizen (and Uninsured Immigrant)

4. We Don't Track Whether Medical Procedures Work Or Not

3. Enormous Wait Times Are Caused By A Serious Doctor Shortage

2. Prices For Drugs Are Out Of Control

1. Prices For Everything Else Are Even More Out Of Control read more


People do a lot of dumb, dangerous things to their bodies -- which is why we consulted a doctor about everything medical professionals the world over would love to tell their patients if it didn't threaten their job security. read more


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Key Drivers of Health Care Reform [22:30 mark]

1. Unsustainable health care cost increases
2. Performance deficiencies (poor quality)
3. Health care purchasers / payers unsatisfied and demanding change
4. Consumers have changing tastes and want a different product
5. Population health is stagnating / deteriorating read more


A national survey of more than 2,000 doctors across multiple specialties finds that physicians believe overtreatment is common and primarily perpetuated by fear of malpractice, as well as patient demand and some profit motives.

A report on the findings, published today in PLOS ONE, highlights physicians' perspectives on unnecessary health care practices and the potential causes and solutions.

"Unnecessary medical care is a leading driver of the higher health insurance premiums affecting every American," says Martin Makary, professor of surgery and health policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the paper's senior author.

Unnecessary medical services represent the majority of wasted health care resources and costs in the United States, accounting for an estimated $210 billion in excess spending each year, according to the National Academy of Medicine. read more


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Here's a popular right-wing meme that got spread around BEFORE the attack in Charlottesville: s3.crackedcdn.com
So, here's what I want to ask anyone sharing that (or wearing it on a t-shirt -- yes, they sell them): When we replace the stick figures with actual bleeding humans, does that change how you feel about it at all?

So, let's start here: What a human needs, above all else, is to matter. And mattering in 2017 is hard as ----.

There are 100 million Americans who neither have jobs nor are looking for one. Of those who do work, only 36 percent say their job has "meaning and significance" (did you know that a low-paying, unstable job is actually more stressful than unemployment?). read more


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It's known that human needs and wants are never satisfied. Free markets will be around long after government socialism collapses.

#26 | POSTED BY RAY

According to this 1%'er, it's the free markets in their current configuration that won't last.

The Pitchforks Are Coming ... For Us Plutocrats
www.politico.com

... the problem isn't that we have inequality. Some inequality is intrinsic to any high-functioning capitalist economy.

The problem is that inequality is at historically high levels and getting worse every day.

Our country is rapidly becoming less a capitalist society and more a feudal society.

Unless our policies change dramatically, the middle class will disappear, and we will be back to late 18th-century France. Before the revolution.

And so I have a message for my fellow filthy rich, for all of us who live in our gated bubble worlds: Wake up, people. It won't last.

If we don't do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us.

No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality. In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn't eventually come out.

You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None.

It's not if, it's when.


I agree with this plutocrat.

Two hours of paperwork for each hour with patients, which may relate to the troubling Doctor suicide rates. Pretty serious stuff for a second rate satire magazine.

#1 | POSTED BY BAYVIKING

The important thing to take away, I think, is that the paper work is all people complain about -- i.e. "government" or insurers coming in between the doctor and patients.

According to this, on the 3rd tab ... resources.nationalacademies.org ...

... unnecessary services (services used too frequently, defensive medicine, unnecessary use of high-cost services) account for $210 billion annually, while administration costs account for $190 billion annually -- but how many times do we hear about doctors and hospitals unnecessarily over treating patients? Answer: practically never.

Not saying you do this, but we do hear, all the time -- mostly from those on the political right -- that "government" (i.e. paperwork) is the problem.

Two hours of paperwork for each hour with patients, which may relate to the troubling Doctor suicide rates. Pretty serious stuff for a second rate satire magazine.

#1 | POSTED BY BAYVIKING

The important thing to take away, I think, is that the paper work is all people complain about -- i.e. "government" or insurers coming in between the doctor and patients.

According to this, on the 3rd tab ... resources.nationalacademies.org

... unnecessary services (services used too frequently, defensive medicine, unnecessary use of high-cost services) account for $210 billion annually, and administration costs account for $190 billion annually -- but how many times do we hear about doctors and hospitals being held responsible for unnecessarily over-treating patients? Answer: hardly ever.

But we do hear, all the time -- mostly from those on the political right -- that "government" is the problem.

What is ironic is you trying to pass the aca as some kind of republican idea.

#5 | POSTED BY CRASSUS

Conservative think tank Heritage Foundation and the individual mandate ... www.forbes.com

Also, Republican Mitt Romney as governor of Mass basically enacted the same thing ... www.npr.org

So you're saying that the Heritage Foundation and Mitt Romney are HUGE Liberals and/or Democrats?

LOL

... and this is why American politics is so dysfunctional. And you're not helping by your obstinance toward what is fact.

So, how's living in Russia these days?

@Ray

Click below and go to the 17:45 mark ... this is where the Leapfrog Group representing the country's largest companies totaling 150 Americans is explained ...

youtu.be
[17:45 thru 19:45]

Also, as I was saying in post #20, it's the payers who are demanding change because they're tired of paying for that 30% amount of waste (see post # 18).

That's totally contrary to the corporate interests who benefit. It ain't gonna happen. But you can dream.

#19 | POSTED BY RAY

You have it all backwards.

What's driving healthcare reform are the payers/employers ...

www.drudge.com

Go to the video in the above DR thread, to the 22:30 mark.

I also spelled out the top 5 drivers of reform at the top of that thread -- #3 Health care purchasers / payers unsatisfied and demanding change

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