Focusing on Medical Health Care Concerns

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 Focusing on Medical Health Care
Almost half of the nearly 5 trillion dollars
in medical and health care related
activities can be accounted for in the US.
It is obvious that our country has well
trained professionals, outstanding
technology and a vast array of medication
designed to address health concerns. Yet,
why is medical care so costly and
problematic for so many individuals to
The Growth of Medical Care
For most of the worlds more developed
countries the medical field is one of their
largest industries. If you count the money
generated by medication sales, diagnostics,
nursing homes, hospitals, physicians, and
other ancillary activities it is quite easy
to see why the medical industry accounts for
10-20% of a country's gross production.
In the US alone there are nearly 800,000
medical doctors, more than 5000 hospitals
and millions of health care workers. One of
every dozen US citizens works in health care
now and this number is expected to grow.
Still there are not enough workers and
facilities to handle the 20 million
outpatients that are currently being seen
every day. This staggering amount of
outpatient visits does not include the
average daily count of 4 -5 million
hospitalized patients.
The vast, complex health care industry in
the United States is one that attracts
people from around the globe. Switzerland
and Germany both have large medical
industries, but these countries run their
health care differently from the US. Could
it be possible that our nation's health care
will soon be undergoing a radical type of
Answers are Difficult to Find
Is the answer to the current health care
dilemma as simple as nationalizing health
care for all? Will this possibility only
make the situation worse? How will the
medical resources be allocated among the
various segments of our society? These are
only a few of the questions that are waiting
to be answered.
Controversial Topic
Today medical health has become a
controversial subject among many groups of
citizens. There is talk of overhauling the
medical system as we now know it. We are
also hearing predictions that the government
will try to restructure the nation's health
care system. Although much of this rhetoric
has been publicized for a number of years it
seems that people are becoming more
polarized by the possible changes that are
now constantly making headlines.
The Senior Citizens Have their own Concerns
The elderly population in the US is keeping
a close eye on what is being proposed
because health care and medication issues
are of great concern to them. Medical and
insurance coverage for people 65 and older
have undergone many changes since the 1980s.
Most senior citizens are very vocal about
their displeasure with the way Medicare is
addressing the problems, and they are also
worried about what the future might hold.
The costs of health care and medication
needs are extremely high for senior citizens
as a whole. Every year they are fearful of
having their benefits cut even further, and
now they have new worries regarding medical
Groups at Risk
It has been just a few short weeks since
Governor Sara Palin galvanized many citizens
with her predictions and comments about
"death panels" and nationalized health care.
While there were many people who rallied
around her statements, the mere possibility
of such radical notions began sending shock
waves through the nation. This was
particularly unnerving to a large percentage
of our elderly population. It was also
causing concern among advocates for the poor
and disabled. Even parents and caretakers of
people with physical and mental challenges
were becoming alarmed, and feeling
Future Allocation of Health Care Resources?
Could it be possible that Medical
professionals would possibly agree to form
commissions that would allocate health care
resources to those they deemed most
deserving? This thought was both frightening
and "Orwellian" in prospect. A careful
review showed that there was no written
documentation that actually stated such
possibilities, but this did not alleviate
the fear and worry of many ordinary
citizens. Just the idea that access to
hospitalization or medication needs might
one day be restricted was enough to generate
small scale panic in many communities across
the nation.
Problems, Problems, Problems
Medical concerns, health care and affordable
medication plans are major sources of worry
for everyone today. Insurance coverage is
very expensive. There is a growing trend
among companies to provide less employee and
family benefits in order to cut costs. In
some cases this is making it difficult for
employees to participate in the insurance
plans being offered by their employers.
However a growing number of families are too
cash strapped to afford health insurance
premiums on their own. This is creating a
"Catch 22" type of environment with people
unable to afford the cost of becoming sick
as well as the cost of being insured.
The Answer is Cooperation
It is hard to know where the main problems
are within the health industry. Some people
want to find fault with the high paid
physicians and medical specialists and
others point the finger of blame at
hospitals that seem to be pulling in
billions of dollars annually, yet are
constantly complaining having too little
money. Malpractice lawyers, government
regulations and insurance companies have
also played a part in today's health care
woes. The answer is not going to be easy to
find, and every group associated with the
medical industry will need to step up to the
plate and help out.

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