Why Healthcare Is Killing America
by Bud Conrad, Editor, The Casey Report
Healthcare is the biggest segment of our economy. In the debate over who should pay for what or, increasingly, for whom, most people don’t stop to understand just how large a portion of our society’s money is dedicated to healthcare.
Going forward, the situation is guaranteed to get worse. The Obama administration is committed to major reform to cover the 40 million people not now covered by insurance. Once everyone has insurance, with many paying nothing at all for coverage, patients won’t care what it costs, and the system will quickly spin out of control.
And it’s already out of control. I recently spent one day in the hospital due to a broken arm, which cost on the order of $100,000. Remarkably, that eye-opening amount still doesn’t include the ambulance, the doctors, the x-rays, the CT scans, or the anesthesiologist. I’m still getting bills. The system is far more broken than is widely understood, unless you have had a recent bad experience.
Projections for healthcare are particularly problematic because of the demographics of so many people born just after World War II. Soon, there will be less than three people in the workforce for each retired person. That will result in huge taxes on the few workers to supply the expensive end-of-life medical care for the retirees (and it is in the latter years where medical expenses really begin to rack up).
This bubble was predicted and a government trust fund was set up. Unfortunately, as is typically the case, the government couldn’t keep its hands off the money, and so it has already been spent. The outlook is not good. In fact, in just over 10 years from now – by 2020 – the demands on the government for Social Security and Medicare will get so high that they cannot be met. And it gets worse from there.
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