We think, CONDITIONALLY, yes. Cheaper healthcare MAY be in the cards. However, like with bridges and trolls from fictional but allegorically accurate children’s stories, there always exists liars, looters, and losers and various obstacles otherwise that act to exact very significant tolls for safe, unmolested passage to cheaper healthcare and anything else of benefit to individuals.
In other words, trolls don’t like cheaper healthcare for you and me. They also don’t like medical and care professionals that authentically provide valuable care to do so without paying big time for safe passage.
Liars, looters, and losers that hate competition and are not meaningfully trying to serve people by offering voluntarily adoptable value will NEVER, on their own terms, seek to offer cheaper healthcare. That’s why they FORCE you to ‘purchase’ their artificially ‘valuable’ product.
Healthcare will NOT be deflationary, or in other words, MORE AFFORDABLE, by concerted action by these sorts of players.
The politicians, big entrenched business cartel-like systems, and continued lies concerning the TRUE underlying cause behind high healthcare costs are where NOT to find solutions.
AGAIN, THESE PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS DO NOT WANT CHEAPER HEALTHCARE. THEY PROFIT, IN AN ARTIFICIALLY PRODUCED NON-SERVANT WIN/LOSE ZERO-SUM WAY, FROM THE OBSTACLES TO CARE THEY THROW IN EACH OF OUR PATHS.
Not all is glum, fortunately. The author in this piece puts together a short but powerful AND legitimately hopeful account of healthcare in America. His work hints at the prospect of cheaper healthcare.
If we each begin to understand that healthcare is a market and one that is VERY unhealthy and quite exceptional, and exceptional in a BAD way, then we each can begin to take basic actions, whether we be the end consumer OR a practitioner of care, to move quality and value-added service up AND cost down.
BETTER QUALITY AND LOWER COSTS?!
Yes, this is possible and, in fact, quite probable, but there is a catch. This is what TRULY free markets actually do, if only we demand it, act to secure it, and ultimately push out, by voting with our wallet and actions, the liars, looters, and losers of Big Government, Big Business, and Big Bureaucracy.
One should note that though at first appearance higher healthcare insurance deductibles for more and more of us is not such a good thing, the fact that such is freeing up healthcare purchasers to DIRECTLY purchase care is starting to bring actual PRICE DISCOVERY, and maybe in time, price transparency and a downward, deflationary price spiral, to healthcare.
In other words, cheaper healthcare may in the cards due to higher deductibles among other things!
Maybe we can work to make the unaffordable affordable after all, one person at a time, without the false promises from the usual crowd to stymie and fool us yet again.
However, each of us simply must do our individual part to deny the very predictable responses in time from the usual crowd to something that may bear positive fruit to all individuals’ personal physical AND financial health. Trolls stand guard at the same gateways, under the same bridges.
Four years ago, I co-authored a book on the future of health care in America. In “The New Health Age: The Future of health care in America,” I and prominent Bradenton-Sarasota health care attorney Jonathan Fleece forecast the transformations that will soon alter health care in this country.
We wrote the book because the conversation about health care in the United States was being driven by fear and misinformation and was being manipulated by politicians. Jonathan and I wanted to bring intelligence to the health care conversation. Based upon supportive blurbs and reviews at the time and now with the unfolding accuracy of our forecasts, it seems we have helped in that regard.
One chapter in the book was called “80/20.” We rounded up the then 17.3 percent of the United States GDP that was health care to 20 percent. Our point in the chapter was that all of the change seen in the rest of the economy — the 80 percent of GDP that was not health care — would be coming to health care. These include free-market competition, the ability to search for price and quality online, connectivity, digital records and efficiency.
When I deliver keynote speeches at medical and health care conferences, I bring home this point with a couple of questions. I first ask people to raise their hands if they have ever gone online to compare price and quality before making a major purchase such as a car or flat screen TV. Usually 90 to 100 percent of the people in the audience raise their hands. I then ask about going online to do a price and quality comparison before having a major medical procedure. Less than 5 percent raise their hands.
Why is that? We can’t do such comparison searches, because the health care industry is really the only part of the GDP that does not let people know the cost of a product or procedure beforehand.
How ludicrous is that? We often say that health is the most important thing we have, but when it comes to spending money on it, we do so blindly.
And what about a warranty? Can you even imagine buying a car without knowing its price or without getting a warranty? Would you drop your car off for service without getting an estimate? If the work was shoddy, would you not go back to the mechanic or dealership that did the work and demand that the mistake made be corrected at no additional cost? Of course!
My name is Matthew. I am founder of and manage Sovereign Liberty Solutions.
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