The best and most effective way to immediately reduce the cost of healthcare, have a more effective medical system because of less chronic disease, a healthier population where wellness will increase productivity, and a better economy is to promote the supplementation of vitamin D3 and sun exposure without sunburn. All citizens could be given free vitamin D3. This program would be by choice of the individual so as to not force government on the people.
This would be very effective for all countries of the world except for the US. For countries with single payer medical insurance or government medical insurance for the entire population, this would be particularly beneficial for cost reduction in healthcare. Also, it would solve a lot of problems with doctor shortage because physicians would be freed up from treating as much chronic disease.
Mary Meeker, in her report to promote general discourse on economic conditions in the US, USA, Inc. (image below is plate 315 from the slides– for full report visit KPCB where Mary works: http://www.kpcb.com/insights/usa-inc-full-report ), had very interesting suggestions in how to bring a dying US economy back to life. This report suggests treating the US as a company and handle revitalization in a similar manner as a corporate rescue. She suggested that the largest drain on the economy of the US is entitlements, in particular Medicare and Medicaid.
And then there is this graph that is most startling from her discussion of healthcare cost in the US:
The thing that is blatantly obvious about this graph is that we are not getting the benefit from our healthcare dollar as the rest of the world. Why is this? There is approximately $4000 per capita that goes as the cost of medical insurance (!?) every year and not medical treatment. We truly have given up freedom for security. The medical industry has become this bloated by extremely poor government policy that allows insurance companies to profit without providing wealth creation to the population. If the US was being treated as a company, the CEO and board of directors would be replaced by the stock holders (or citizens should vote to replace all of our present leaders – congressmen and president). I believe the Affordable Health Care Act was designed intentionally to fail in an effort to force all medical insurance under government control, but not necessarily to correct this blotted system. It certainly has driven the cost of healthcare higher. Just imagine what we could do with national debt if we used 1.2 trillion dollars ($4000 x 300 million people) each year as an investment in things that would create wealth (insurance does not create wealth – just imagine if you were paying a third party to pay for your oil changes – why you do this with preventative healthcare?).
To President Barack Obama and the Congress: If you want to solve the healthcare dilemma, then, create a healthy population by being sure we have enough proper nutrition to prevent disease and allow a long healthy life through your administrative departments. This includes in particular magnesium, sulfur, iodine, vitamin C, and vitamin D3. Limit the things that cause disease as most of the rest of the world has already done – ban fluorine in our drinking water, stop the use of bromines in food and citrus drinks, limit the use of genetically modified plants and animals until complete assessment of safety and efficacy can be made, and require labeling on existing genetically modified foods so that we know what we are consuming. Yes, there would be a struggle as people in the healthcare insurance industry, a non-wealth creator, find new jobs, but poor government policy has already slammed the economy as manufacturing, a wealth creator, has been run out of the country. If your beliefs are; we have limited resources in the world and population should be controlled, then continue to allow us to die off for the benefit of the elite. You still have time to act even if the ‘stock holders’ kick you out of office in January. – Pandemic Survivor