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.
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
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
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