The U.S. has the most expensive health care in the world. Yet our outcomes are abysmal. Life expectancy is 37th in the world, down from 16th in 1960, we are 34th in infant mortality and 47th in maternal mortality. Other health metrics are similar.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), with all its glitches, is a first step to try to rectify this situation. The ACA has a number of problems as dose any major new program — think of all the fixes issued by Microsoft to its programs. The ACA is the law of the land and is not going away. The Republicans need to open the government then work with the Democrats to fix the problems to make it more effective and cost efficient. Doing away with the fee-for-service model, insisting that at least 90 percent of premiums are spent on actual health care and researching treatments to make sure they actually effective would be great first steps in containing costs.
As pharmacogenetics expands it should be possible to tailor treatments to the individual thus avoiding the trial-and-error method of finding the appropriate treatment for them. Again saving money and time. Medical science is advancing at a rapid rate and we need to take advantage and still make health care cost-effective.
— Peter Jenkins