By: Dr. Pariksith Singh, MD. Jan 2021
“A crisis should never be allowed to go to waste,” said Winston Churchill. Is it time to fix health care in the US? From recent estimates, 18% of our GDP is spent on health care and yet we do not rank in the top ten countries in terms of medical outcomes. There is much waste, administrative costs are uncontrolled and cost of care, including drugs, surgery, and investigations are unconscionably high.
Our health care has been tweaked for years but now some common-sense measures are urgently needed so that we can get out of this morass we find ourselves in. To my mind, some fundamentals should be addressed and can be done with bipartisan support. These would be:
We have seen what the health care system and providers can accomplish when everyone comes together to handle a public emergency. The wastefulness of our health care system is another such emergency and needs to be addressed expeditiously. More patients are dying every day due to the inefficiency and ineffectiveness of our health care than COVID. We need as much focus and resolve to address the debilitating flaws in our health care system and fix it as if it were in the ICU. It is.
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