11 Signs That The U.S. Health Care System Is Heading Straight Down The Toilet

11 Signs That The U.S. Health Care System Is Heading Straight Down The Toilet 300x300 11 Signs That The U.S. Health Care System Is Heading Straight Down The ToiletI wish I had some good news for you.  But I don’t.  The U.S. health care system is a complete and total disaster and it is going to get a lot worse in the years ahead.  Even before Obamacare it was projected that we were going to be facing a shortage of more than 100,000 doctors by the year 2025, and now hundreds of thousands more doctors are thinking of leaving the profession because of Obamacare.  Also thanks to Obamacare, health care costs and health insurance premiums are rising faster than ever and yet the level of care continues to decline.  Our health care system is now totally dominated by government bureaucrats, health insurance companies and pharmaceutical corporations.  The truth is that the entire industry has become a giant money making scam, and the American people are being squeezed for every last penny.  We spend far more for health care than anyone else in the world, and the results are pathetic at best.

The following are 11 signs that the U.S. health care system is heading straight down the toilet….

#1 The Coming Doctor Shortage

The U.S. health care system is facing a critical shortage of doctors in the years ahead.

Even without considering the effects of Obamacare, the United States was going to be facing a shortage of at least 130,000 doctors by 2025.

But now Obamacare is going to make this far worse.

According to a survey conducted by the Doctor Patient Medical Association, 83 percent of all doctors in the United States have considered quitting the profession because of Obamacare.

This brings us to point #2….

#2 Longer Waits To See A Doctor

When there are not enough doctors, people are going to have to wait much longer to see one.

If you want to see what Obamacare is going to do on a national basis, just check out what happened once Romneycare was implemented in Massachusetts….

In fact, we have already seen the start of this process in Massachusetts, where Mitt Romney’s health care reforms were nearly identical to President Obama’s. Romney’s reforms increased the demand for health care but did nothing to expand the supply of physicians. In fact, by cracking down on insurance premiums, Massachusetts pushed insurers to reduce their payments to providers, making it less worthwhile for doctors to expand their practices. As a result, the average wait to get an appointment with a doctor grew from 33 days to over 55 days.

#3 Soaring Health Care Costs

Americans spend far more on health care than anyone else does.

In fact, what Americans spent on health care in 2009 was greater than the entire GDP of Great Britain.

So we definitely spend enough, but that spending is projected to absolutely skyrocket in future years.

The United States spent 2.47 trillion dollars on health care in 2009.

It is being projected that the U.S. will spend 4.5 trillion dollars on health care in 2019.

Ouch.

And things are going to continue to get even worse thanks to Obamacare.

Once again, we can get an idea of what Obamacare will do to our health care costs by taking a look at what Romneycare has done in Massachusetts….

Health costs—Medicaid, RomneyCare’s subsidies, public-employee compensation—will consume some 54% of the state budget in 2012, up from about 24% in 2001. Over the same period state health spending in real terms has jumped by 59%, while education has fallen 15%, police and firemen by 11% and roads and bridges by 23%.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts spends more per capita on health care than any other state and therefore more than anywhere else in the industrialized world. Costs are 27% higher than the U.S. average, 15% higher when adjusted for the state’s higher wages and its concentration of academic medical centers and specialists.

A lot of money that is spent on health care in America is spent in very inefficient ways.

For example, health insurance administration expenses account for 8 percent of all health care costs in the United States.

In Finland, that figure is just 2 percent.

Hospital bills just keep going up and up and up and nobody seems too eager to do anything about it.

According to one doctor interviewed by Fox News, “a gunshot wound to the head, chest or abdomen” will cost $13,000 at his hospital the moment the victim comes in the door, and then there will be significant additional charges depending on how bad the wound is.

Of course one reason why our hospital bills are so high is because hospitals overcharge us like crazy.  It has been estimated that hospitals overcharge Americans by about 10 billion dollars every single year.

Something needs to be done, because this is totally out of control.

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, health care costs accounted for just 9.5% of all personal consumption back in 1980.

Today they account for approximately 16.3%.

#4 Higher Insurance Premiums

Of course higher health care costs mean higher health insurance premiums for all of us too.

Sadly, Obamacare has already caused our health insurance premiums to soar.

In fact, I just got a notice in the mail that my health insurance premiums are going up.

Did you?

Over the past decade, health insurance premiums have risen three times faster than wages have in the United States.

It is getting to the point where most families can barely even afford to have health insurance.

#5 Crushing Medical Debt

But even if you do have health insurance that does not mean that you are going to be able to avoid medical debt.

Health insurance companies write their policies so that they cover as little as possible, and they are constantly trying to weasel out of paying claims.

So a large percentage of Americans have ended up with huge medical debts even if they did have health insurance that was supposed to protect them.

One study found that approximately 41 percent of all working age Americans either have medical bill problems or are currently paying off medical debt.

Ouch.

And as mentioned earlier, a lot of those people actually did have health insurance.  According to a report published in The American Journal of Medicine, medical bills are a major factor in more than 60 percent of the personal bankruptcies in the United States.  Of those bankruptcies that were caused by medical bills, approximately 75 percent of them involved individuals that actually did have health insurance.

#6 Obamacare Is Going To Kill Small Businesses

Small businesses all over the United States are going to be absolutely crushed by Obamacare.

A lot of them simply are not going to be able to afford to provide expensive health insurance coverage for their employees.

According to one recent survey, approximately 10 percent of all employers in the United States plan to drop health coverage when key provisions of the new health care law kick in less than two years from now.

Others are just going to pass it on to their customers.

Papa John’s founder and CEO John Schnatter says that Obamacare will add 11 to 14 cents to the price of each pizza.

#7 The Health Insurance Companies Are Rolling In Cash

So who does our health care system benefit?

Well, the health insurance companies seem to be doing quite well.

According to a report by Health Care for America Now, America’s five biggest for-profit health insurance companies ended 2009 with a combined profit of $12.2 billion.

And of course the top executives at those firms have no problem with bringing home tens of millions of dollars each year.

In fact, the top executives at the five largest for-profit health insurance companies in the United States combined to receive nearly $200 million in total compensation for 2009.

#8 Our Health Care System Is Dominated By The Big Pharmaceutical Corporations

The big pharmaceutical corporations also do very, very well in our current system.

Just consider the following statistics….

-Nearly half of all Americans now use prescription drugs on a regular basis according to the CDC.  Not only that, approximately one-third of all Americans use two or more pharmaceutical drugs on a regular basis, and more than ten percent of all Americans use five or more drugs on a regular basis.

-In 2010, the average teen in the U.S. was taking 1.2 central nervous system drugs.  Those are the kinds of drugs which treat conditions such as ADHD and depression.

-Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants than children in Europe are.

-There were more than two dozen pharmaceutical companies that made over a billion dollars in profits during 2008.

But of course we don’t hear much about how dangerous many of these drugs can be.  According to the CDC, approximately three quarters of a million people a year are rushed to emergency rooms in the United States because of adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs.

#9 Medicare And Medicaid Are Out Of Control

The U.S. government is absolutely drowning in debt, and Medicare and Medicaid are going to make our debt crisis a lot worse in future years.

As if the U.S. government was not facing enough of a problem with entitlement spending, it is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.

In addition, it is now being projected that enrollment in Medicare will grow from 50.7 million in 2012 to 73.2 million in 2025.

Will we all eventually end up dependent on the government for health care?

It has been estimated that the federal government will account for more than 50 percent of all health care spending in the United States in 2012.

In future years that is projected to go even higher.

Yikes.

#10 The IRS Will Now Be Our Health Care System Enforcers

If all of the above wasn’t bad enough, Obamacare actually makes the IRS the new “enforcers” of our health care laws.

Approximately 16,000 new IRS agents will be hired to help oversee the implementation of Obamacare, and the Obama administration has given the IRS 500 million extra dollars “outside the normal appropriations process” to help the IRS with their new duties.

#11 The Results Are Pathetic

Since we spend more than anyone else and since we have the most complex health care system in the world, shouldn’t we be getting the best results?

You would think.

Unfortunately, that is not how things have worked out.

Just consider the following statistics….

-According to a report released in 2010, Americans spend approximately twice as much as residents of other developed countries do on health care.

-If the U.S. health care system was a country, it would be the 6th largest economy in the entire world.

-People living in the United States are three times more likely to have diabetes than people living in the United Kingdom.

-Today, people living in Puerto Rico have a greater life expectancy than people living in the United States do.

-According to OECD statistics, Americans are twice as obese as Canadians are.

-Greece has twice as many hospital beds per person as the United States does.

-According to the American Medical Association, 290 Americans are killed by prescription drugs every single day.

Now can you understand why I am saying that the U.S. health care system is heading straight down the toilet?

Posted below is a video that explains why you are 6200% more likely to be killed by your doctor than by a criminal on the street.  I think that you will find this to be quite shocking….

So how are we all supposed to respond to this information?

The following is some advice from a doctor named Robert S. Dotson….

Avoid contact with the existing health care system as far as possible. Yes, emergencies arise that require the help of physicians, but by and large one can learn to care for one’s own minor issues. Though it is flawed, the internet has been an information leveler for the masses and permits each person to be his or her own physician to a large degree. Take advantage of it! Educate yourself about your own body and learn to fuel and maintain it as you would an expensive auto or a pet poodle. One does not need a medical degree to:

1. avoid excessive use of tobacco or alcohol or, for that matter, caffeine;
2. avoid poisons like fluoride, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, and addictive drugs (legal or illicit);
3. avoid unnecessary and potentially lethal imaging studies (TSA’s radiation pornbooths, excessive mammography, repetitive CT scans – exposure to all significantly increases cancer risk);
4. avoid excessive cell phone use and exposure to other forms of EMR pollution where possible (the NSA is recording everything you say and text anyway);
5. avoid daily fast food use and abuse (remember: pink slime and silicone) ;
6. avoid untested GM foods (do you really want to become “Roundup Ready?”):
7. avoid most vaccinations and pharmaceutical agents promoted by the establishment;
8. avoid risky behaviors (and, we do not need a bunch of Nanny State bureaucrats to define and police these);
9. exercise moderately;
10. get plenty of sleep;
11. drink plenty of good quality water (buy a decent water filter to remove fluoride, chloride, and heavy metals);
12. wear protective gear at work and play where appropriate (helmets, eye-shields, knee and elbow pads, etc.):
13. seek out locally-grown, whole, organic foods and support your local food producers;
14. take appropriate nutritional supplements (multi-vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3);
15. switch off the TV and the mainstream media it represents;
16. educate yourself while you can;

And, lastly…

17. QUESTION AUTHORITY!

That sounds like good advice to me.

What do you think?

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11 Responses

  1. Olmeticoatl says:

    We will know it is bad when the VA medical facilities start to lose funding. Right now it is excellent; the best in the nation-but soon, as the DVA creeps higher on the federal budget statement, those benefits too may be in jeopardy.

    That will really signify the end of solvency. Veteran’s benefits are untouchable by ANY creditor, that includes the IRS, even. When that last sacred cow is felled….damn.

    Anyway. Dig the new site. Your other two are daily reads, but do you really need multiple sites?

    Why not just have different sections of the one site? Is it about advertising money? (Which I completely understand!)

    • Admin says:

      I believe in putting my eggs into multiple baskets.

      That way I am much harder to take down.

      Michael

  2. Gary2 says:

    single payer is the answer. We spend multiples more than other advanced countries and get worse results. The scum bag insurance companies are the real death panels. even the tea billies like medicare even if they are too stupid to realize the government provides this. remember the fools sign “Keep your government hands off my medicare”

    The private market does not work for healthcare. (and a lot of other things)

    • Mal R says:

      And back here in Realityville where American medicine leads the world, scum bag insurance company issues make up a minute amount of the issues you speak about and then we cross the border into Canada or go over to England where the single payer systems are 100% of the Death Panels and they would prefer to come here to actually get treated.

      For all you non-leftists that can actually read. Research the ‘Complete Lives System’ that was dreamt up by leftists and is the evil heart of Obamacare. Its amazing how the private market worked 100% of the time until Gary2’s govt put it’s hands into it and corrupted it.

      Gary, name for me the medicine for which you talk about that was invented by the govt.

  3. Gary2 says:

    the lack of people getting vaccines is causing diseases like whooping cough to be come more common. It is irresponsible in the extreme to not get your kids vaccinated. Their lack of vaccination does not just effect them but all of us (herd immunity)

    Michael–it is very irresponsible of you to advocate against vaccination.

    • Mal R says:

      “the lack of people getting vaccines is causing diseases like whooping cough to be come more common”

      No Gary, These resurgent diseases are due to illegal immigrants coming from south of the border where their ‘single payer is the answer’ medical systems fail to offer the slightest help so they suffer from diseases that ‘the private market does not work for healthcare’ eradicated LOOOOOONG AGO in this country.

  4. Gary2 says:

    Michael-0-are those low flow toilets? You know the type that you need to flush multiple times for all the solids to go down…

    • Mal R says:

      If you weren’t so full of $h!z, maybe you wouldn’t have problems flushing a toilet Gary.

      But seriously, you mean the low flow toilets MANDATED by your ‘govt is always right’?

  5. Marsha Phipps says:

    Olmeticoatl, are you saying that the VA is “excellent”? You have to be joking! Have you ever seen or heard what they are up to when no one is looking?! Talk to those who wait forever to see their doctors. Talk to Fred Settle, Front Royal, VA (father of previous b/f) and listen as he tells you his DOCTOR is NOT treating his prostate CANCER since he’s “so old, he’s more likely to die with it, than from it.” I was THERE when this was said!!!

    Excellent….I think not.

    • Mal R says:

      Hey Gary, Isn’t the VA providing govt run healthcare to our veterans. YUP… how is it that it could be a failure and subject to ever decreasing benefits and quality? How is it that the VA is using the Complete Lives System, which is death panels, on our veterans and you’re under the impression that govt healthcare has no such critter?

  6. Comrade K says:

    Doctor shortage? You mean doctors won’t go to school for all those years just to become government employees? Why can’t they put aside their selfishness for the good of the collective. They are like those evil rich people.