Why Are American Health Care Costs So High ?

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+1 1. smi commented 9 years ago

omg, another "Scrubs syndrome". I wish people who talked like that joined over-actors anonymous.
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+10 2. TheGodDamnGambit commented 9 years ago

The US spends trillions of dollars they dont have on the military, whose gonna pay for that? the PEOPLE of course! makes sense.. :|
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-10 3. Cynabal commented 9 years ago

God, where do all these ridiculous, pathetic, male attention whores come from!?.. it's like an epidemic caught on video, endless disgusting videos of idiotic acting while bashing out self-evident truisms. I would like to see this guy eviscerated with a wooden spoon, without anesthesia.
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+1 4. krillemaster commented 9 years ago

Vlogbrothers <3
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+14 5. Necrom commented 9 years ago

This guy is called John Green and has some pretty great videos on world history. Look for Crash Course World History, they're really good, he kept me interest in watching the whole world history collection, and let me tell ya, with my track record in History, that's a pretty big achievement. :D
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-3 6. etplayer commented 9 years ago

The reason we pay more for healthcare is because (depending on which study you believe,) 1/3 to 1/2 of all of the money medicare puts out is spent on the last 3 weeks of life care. This is because there isn't an open dialogue in the US about end of life and/or hospice. Doctors are afraid to bring it up, the religious right and people like Sarah Palin start talking about stupid shit like 'death panels'. We do everything under the sun for people who are rapidly declining and whose baseline is pure crap anyhow. People with end stage kidney disease, multiple organ failure, people in their 90s who they do open heart on, etc, etc.

ITS STUPID. In some of the places in Europe that he mentioned, doctors and panels do have the last word on end of life care and treatment, and this is NOT a bad thing. Unfortunately, emotion and the need to save grandma at all costs is going to drive this country into bankruptcy. With the money we currently spend, we could have, hands down the best state run healthcare in the history of the world, but we waste it on stupid shit like heroic attempts at end of life care, endless multiple tests for the same chronic issues that never are alleviated because the patients are noncompliant. 4th time in the hospital this year because you don't watch your sugars and are DKA (AGAIN)? Fuck you, you die. Sound harsh? Yep, it is, but thin the damned herd folks. At some point we have to let Darwin back into the game.
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0 7. ringmaster commented 9 years ago

Did anyone notice his self portrait at the upper right corner?
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+8 8. ImprsdBySmartVid commented 9 years ago

#6: I'm not sure you're right. I've heard the same thing in many places, that old people cost too much at the end of their lives. In France we don't kill old people when they are condemned. Some suffer a lot because doctors continue the treatment even it's desperate. Patient could ask for some help to die (if they are still able to speak or if written before...) but it's a minefield not completely accepted. On the other side, in many cases, we put homeless and old people in hospital because there are no other places for them: this cost a lot for nothing. And hospitals are not pleasant places. If the children stop to pay the retirement house, elders are sent to hospital. If the children forgot completely the elderly, elders forgot to eat, attempt suicide or whatever silly things and they are sent to the hospital while they only in need of human relationship. It's sad. Also many lost their minds before their health and are in need constant care. Do you mean we should kill Alzheimer's? Unemployment cost a lot too: we have million of people ready to work but doing nothing because of the unresolved 2008 financial crisis.

What is leading the USA to bankruptcy is huge spending on military and huge spending on spying other countries. You pay too much for your military planes, you have too much too costly military boats and submarines... On the other side, I do believe the world would be worse without american help. Maybe it could be done for less money. Let's imagine how the world would be if the only great powers were China and Russia... Rogue states would really know what it meant to be defeated, in the ancient times!

I think the must interesting thing the guy said is that American healthcare companies should negotiate BEFORE for fixed-rate prices. It's the key element, because when you in the need of medical help your are not in position to negotiate individually...
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+2 9. bigredman commented 9 years ago

Roman Empire, British Empire, Russian Empire...

In the end, they all crumble and disappear.

The American Empire is next,
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0 10. sux2bu commented 9 years ago

#9 The Brits and the Russians are still alive and well,as are the Americans;and for many centuries to come.
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-2 11. etplayer commented 9 years ago

You're right, I'm merely a floor nurse, what the hell would I know about healthcare. ;-)This guy is an idiot, insurance companies and medicare dictate what they will pay for a given procedure. If a provider or hospital doesn't like it, they can refuse to honor that insurance. That's why HMOs/Insurances have a list of providers, they are those who have agreed to honor the income given by the insurance company.
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0 12. Skeesicks commented 9 years ago

Not being "socialist" costs BIG money!
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+1 13. ImprsdBySmartVid commented 9 years ago

#9: You said Empire? Where is the American Empire? Are there settlements, slaves, vassal states, colonies? The American "Empire" isn't like French Empire or United Kingdom Empire, the last two Empire are gone but France and United Kingdom still exists, you know. It's the same for Spain and Portugal: they were much bigger three centuries ago but they are still alive now. The last remnants of the Islamic Empire downed a century ago, it's why Turkey is close to be a modern state now, even they are going backward now (tempted to recreate an Islamic Empire?).

To my point of view, America is just currently the best in matters of power (number of units) and advanced technology. Some states may be more advanced, but smaller, some states (China, India) are bigger.

Maybe in twenty years from now, China and India will be more powerful than USA - this doesn't implies that USA will be down neither be in war against China or India or Russia, nobody in these countries is mad enough to go to such a gigantic conflict. (Maybe I'm too optimistic?)

I think USA citizens will be richer with less investments in military stuff and more investments in education and civil research.

#11, etplayer: You know your USA? Do you mean they may refuse to heal you because of lack of money? It's awful and against the Hippocratic Oath ; I know in France they can't refuse you in an hospital speaking about money. And all the medical procedures have a fixed cost... With some adds depending on the doctor/surgeon. Adds may be partly paid by optional insurances. Many doctors don't ask for more money when you are very poor.
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-1 14. coycoy46 commented 9 years ago

#13 british empire gone? check who is the head of state in canada and in australia?
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0 15. thundersnow commented 8 years ago

I totally agree with #13. And I'm a nurse too, and seen countless people admitted with issues that could have been resolved would they have had insurance/prescription plan. Now you have the huge cost of hospitalization when that could have been prevented. Or what about all the patients that get discharged prematurely and get readmitted multiple times.
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0 16. stephensam commented 4 years ago

American Health Care cost is high compared to UK, Russia and other countries. Most of the USA people will be using the healthcare insurance plane for their medical needs. But few poor people can't manage their medical needs due to the financial problem. Most of the people are buying their needed medicine in the online pharmacy because they know the cost is less and quality.