|Source: Rand Corporation-|
I believe before we talk about how do we improve the quality of healthcare for the seriously ill in America, we should first talk about how do we improve the funding of our over bloated and ineffective health care system. As well as talk about preventive care which would also help us not only bring down our healthcare costs, but improve the quality of our healthcare, because we wouldn't have as many Americans with chronic health conditions that are very expensive to treat. Like diabetes to use as a perfect example, because we would have more Americans in this country who would be taking care of themselves and not getting as sick as they do today, because more Americans would be eating better and exercise because they would have the financial incentive to do so. And not has the serious diseases that way too many Americans suffer from in this developed country. As well as talk about how we can encourage more seniors to be treated at home rather than living in hospitals and nursing homes. And finding ways to fund this.
We fix the problems with our health care costs and the 2010 Affordable Care Act took a big step forward by requiring all Americans to get health insurance and pay for their health care, but we need to go further than that and have real preventive health care. By incentivizing Americans to get regular checkups, so health conditions are found earlier before they get out of control and become very expensive to pay for. As well having people who choose to live unhealthy to be forced to pay for those bad choices up front like with higher healthcare premiums, taxing junk food and drink and so- forth. If we did basic things like that then we wouldn't be as unhealthy as a country that we are because more Americans would choose to live healthy and the ones who don't would be paying for it not only with their bad health, but out-of-pocket as well. And not be able to past those costs onto healthy Americans and we would have more resources to provide better health care in this country.
Before we talk about improving current healthcare of the Americans who need it, we need to talk about how to pay for the current health care that we have and how to pay for healthcare down the road. And making our public health care programs more affordable and expanding hospitals, clinics and other health care professionals in this country. And we accomplish these things, then we'll have the resources to provide better quality health care in this country.
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