Biggest Problems in Health Care Policy Today

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Mizoodles

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What are your opinions on the problem with our health care system, and how can they be fixed (or lessened)?

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Bravo Mizoodles, what an exciting and informative thread you've started. This question, which has likely never been investigated, certainly not as recently as earlier today, is sure to encourage insightful discussion regarding health care reform.

I can't wait for our wise aspiring neoliberal economists to shine some light on this confusing topic. If we're lucky, we might even get some medical students or residents, who having worked in the metaphorical trenches of an emergency room, are sublimely qualified to dissect the underlying adminstrative problems of our complex health care system, and, no doubt, the economy as a whole.
 
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I find that our main problem is an overabundance in rats infesting our hospitals. I propose the introduction of a colony of virile feral cats to control this menace.

Should this get out of hand, I have several packs of wild dogs on reserve, and so on.

The whole delicate ecosystem balances quite elegantly on a single ill-tempered gorilla I trained to use a sledgehammer.
 
As a sycophantic reader of Panda Bear's blog, I'd have to say the biggest problem with our healthcare system is Obamamarxism. How's that hope and CHANGE working out for you?
 
I'm not going to say it's the biggest problem, but I have been consistently appalled by the difficulties in obtaining patient information. Paper charts, illegible notes and orders, getting info from previous in-house visits was bad enough, try getting something, anything, from an outside clinic or hospital. Hell, I can't even count the number of times it has taken me 30+ minutes to find which team responsible for a given patient's care. You can't find out who their physician is, what their problems are, what meds they are taking, what imaging studies have been performed, what surgeries have been done. It's the finest system the 18th century could produce.

Fortunately, more and more places are transitioning to electronic medical records. Unfortunately, many of these record systems were designed and implemented by nerds and health care administrators, respectively, and are therefore about as usable to health care providers as DOS is to a blind Pomeranian. My undergraduate medical institution spent MILLIONS for a system that wouldn't let you write a progress note. Nice job, guys.
 
I'm not going to say it's the biggest problem, but I have been consistently appalled by the difficulties in obtaining patient information. Paper charts, illegible notes and orders, getting info from previous in-house visits was bad enough, try getting something, anything, from an outside clinic or hospital. Hell, I can't even count the number of times it has taken me 30+ minutes to find which team responsible for a given patient's care. You can't find out who their physician is, what their problems are, what meds they are taking, what imaging studies have been performed, what surgeries have been done. It's the finest system the 18th century could produce.

Fortunately, more and more places are transitioning to electronic medical records. Unfortunately, many of these record systems were designed and implemented by nerds and health care administrators, respectively, and are therefore about as usable to health care providers as DOS is to a blind Pomeranian. My undergraduate medical institution spent MILLIONS for a system that wouldn't let you write a progress note. Nice job, guys.
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Thanks all, you've been very informative :laugh:! Now onto the next thing on the agenda.. I'd like to hear serious opinions from individuals pursuing the medical profession. :rolleyes:
 
I see several problems

One: education. If our education in the math and sciences, were much stronger we could much more of a technological powerhouse than we are today. And average salary would be increase.

Two: We as American spend a lot more than we save, buying bic ticket items that you couldn't afford if you lost your job. This leads to major lack of money during economic downfalls and bubble bursts.

Three: We are also very greedy and lazy people always looking for some kind of get rich scheme. Why do you think there are so many frivolous lawsuits every year, and why are people so eager to sue doctors and the like?

Four: We spoil the kids by making the 'losers' happy, everyone gets as ride of participation ribbon nowadays so why try hard. It gets rid of a lot of that competitive spirit, which is the driving force to make us excel.

Five: We have over 300 million people to worry about, several times as many people as the countries that have a decent universal healthcare program. Any changes that will be made have to be executed carefully, as it will affect many people.

So there are a lot of issues with our society in general, and if we don't fix them all at the same time, fixing the healthcare system will just be that much more difficult.

As for a solution for the present age, here are some quick facts ~1 in five households make >$90K a year. And to be considered in the top 1% you have to make ~350K a year.

So I would propose expanding medicare, but any services done will be paid by both medicare and the consumer. How much each one pays will be inversely proportional to household income (and whether or not they have health insurance), for those near or below the poverty line nearly 100% will be paid by medicare but as you get closer to say $90-100K for house hold income it will be closer to 0% (Ideally, by that time you can afford some decent health that is better than medicare). And the scale of percent paid would most likely be logarithmic rather than linear, with medical quickly paying less and less once you get past a certain point (say once you enter the top 25 percentile or make more than $75K.
 
how ****ty and expensive health insurance is if you are not covered by a good employer plan.
 
there are lots of problem yet
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as a sycophantic reader of panda bear's blog, i'd have to say the biggest problem with our healthcare system is obamamarxism. How's that hope and change working out for you?

panda bear is a good writer, funny, but his politics suck. He
wallows in the public trough as an em. His education,
residency was taxpayer funded because he attended a public
medical school, and i'm sure his em paycheck is partially funded
by uncle sugar. That's called hyocrisy there are three options: The current system which doesn't work, obamacare, single payer and some version the latter two or a brilliant alternative cobbled together by sarah palin and the tea baggers. The nay sayers say that obamacare is a socialist
plot but doesn't come up with alternatives except the throw-
away b.s....we'll study it and impose efficiency and everything
will be fine.
 
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