Today, I’m going offer a simple solution to our healthcare cost problem.
Eliminate Federal Regulations altogether. Insurance regs; EPA regs; Building regs; Medical regs; FDA regs — The Works! All of them.
If we look back — Just 60 years ago — People paid for their own healthcare. The cost of having a baby was a few hundred dollars. NOT 10’s of thousands;
“The costs of childbirth can be steep. The charge for an uncomplicated cesarean section was about $15,800 in 2008. An uncomplicated vaginal birth cost about $9,600, government data show.” ~ from WebMD
Federal regulations have driven the cost of medical care THROUGH THE ROOF over the last 40+ years. The facilities needs special wiring; The anesthesiologist needs unique licensing & ‘Continuing Education’ to maintain said license; The doctors must also have a license & MANDATORY malpractice insurance — Special certifications too if they are in some specialty field. The Pharma companies have to spend millions of dollars, & jump thru all sorts of FDA hoops, just to get a drug to clinical trials — Not to mention to market. And regulations on them during the R&D phase — Inspections, Qualifications, Certifications, equipment calibrations, and whatnot.
Hospitals must have “Certified Radiation Techs” on staff & all employees that work anywhere NEAR a machine that uses x-rays, or radioactive reagents, MUST have Special Training, & Certification, & RE-CERTIFICATION every year or 2. This includes janitorial staff.
Special little containers must be purchased & marked as “BIOHAZARD” for a piece of bloody gauze, or a syringe. And then there is special handling of these containers once they are full. $4 for a small sharps container that should be less than $0.75 each.
All these items add to the total cost of your healthcare.
And I won’t even begin to harp on the administration costs of ‘Regulations’. I’ll just let this ONE LITTLE Chart make my point.
“Over the 58-year period, government spending on economic regulatory programs has grown 11-fold, but that is a much slower rate than the growth in social regulatory programs, which are now 25 times what they were in 1960. Personnel in economic regulatory agencies is 2.5 times greater than in 1960, while staffing at social regulatory agencies is six times larger. By 2009, only 15% of the regulators’ budget focused on economic regulation.”
Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Thirtieth Day of October in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Sixteen.