There are several current proposals to overhaul the health insurance system, but this does not necessarily coincide with the health care system. A story in the Dallas Morning News asks whether or not there are issues with the way health care is provided. Patients do not seem to be demanding many of the procedures, but consume the care because providers are asking for tests and procedures. Another article in the San Francisco Chronicle explores more of what they call our “sick-care” system.
The Baucus plan for health insurance overhaul tries to tackle some of the issues in the pricing mechanism. How do you believe this plan would improve or hurt the status quo? Another issue raised by Kevin Sack at the New York Times, is that there is a shortage of doctors in places like Massachusetts where there currently is an expansive health insurance program. There has also been a great deal of anger about the possible access by illegal immigrants Do you believe that there are valid issues in the immigration debate over health care, or do you believe it is a distraction. Please support your answers.
Questions you might try to answer:
- Do you think that the price system is “upside down” in the health care system? Try to provide some evidence to this.
- What evidence can you provide that our health care incentives are not well structured. Do you believe the government could play a role in fixing this market?
- What role should the government play in the health insurance market? If you are for the status quo, a single payer system, or a cooperative system, try to explain your choice in terms of cost-benefit analysis.
I would like your statements to be as subjective as possible, or in jargon terms, positive and not normative in nature. Also, remember, I want you to keep your descriptions short, basic, and related to classroom content. Read other students comments before posting, and please leave your name with your posting.