With injuries happening daily it is no wonder that the medical field is constantly growing and evolving. This field has actively changed since its early incarnation during the Roman Era in which medicine was based on theory not science (Greig 41). With practices based on theory the profession was bound to change. It was more or less forced to change. The medical profession has switched its focus from a people-centric profession to a profit driven industry at the cost of the patient's health and wallet.
[...] This would allow for free production research and sale of drugs and equipment greatly decreasing the cost of almost every medical procedure. Legislation must also be passed disallowing clinics, hospitals and practitioners from exclusivity contracts with insurance or pharmaceutical companies. This guarantees stable and consistent care amongst all patients. Finally, legislation must be passed that standardizes and sets prices for procedures. With the current system the government has provided suggested prices through their procedure code system. However, this does not guarantee a price for service. [...]
[...] Our nation will also find itself with a lack of governmental support. While the problem seems to be large now, it can and will continue to escalate until it becomes unbearable. With this in mind it should be noted that the people will stop supporting a government that doesn't reform medical policy to make it accessible. With the medical profession switching its focus from a people-centric profession to a profit driven industry, the patient's quality of healthcare has greatly decreased along with their ability to pay. If change can be [...]
[...] The increasing costs of the medical industry are a direct link to the lack of control. This lack of control is primarily exhibited by the US government. The government has no laws mandating how the medical profession should work. This is, in part, due to the fact that our country uses a bipartisan system. With two main political parties, the democrats and republicans, the United States government has a system in which increasingly large amounts of fighting occur between the two groups. [...]
[...] Through his adventures he enlightens victims of the American medical industry by showing them what happens in other countries when people get sick. Canada, Norway, Great Britain, Japan and even Cuba have an almost reverse approach to medicine than the US. They all have nationalized healthcare in which all citizens pay a tax, similar to the US Medicare tax, for free Healthcare (SiCKO). If a person becomes injured or ill they do not worry about the cost because they pay a nominal fee every year, which in many cases is less than that of the US's, to cover their medical expenses. [...]
[...] With the largest amount of funding coming from insurance companies it is left to them to create a monopoly of the industry. Based on this it is easy to see how the insurance companies in America control the industry through their grasp over doctors and over medicine producing companies. Given that the insurance agencies are left to control research, treatment and distribution it seems, at times, that they are in a direct hold over life and death (SiCKO). In the US companies are allowed to receive patents on drugs. [...]
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