Structural Fixes to Health Care in America - 03/01/2017
Commentary — March 2017
Tex Med. 2017;113(3):13-14.
By Anand Mehendale, MD
The way we look at health care in this country is fundamentally flawed. This fact hit me hard, more than ever, one day following the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That day, I spent over half my time in my neurology office calming down my patients who were feeling sheer terror over uncertainty regarding their health care. I am doing the same thing, calming down my patients, after President Trump's inauguration.
Health insurance is indeed a misnomer; it's a health benefit. Insurance is a shared risk. When we insure 1,000 houses against fire, everybody pays a little bit. Not all owners use that insurance because not all houses catch fire; only one or two do. This way, when one house does burn, money is available for repairs as everyone has paid into the system. Health insurance today, in reality, is a health benefit since most everyone who has it uses it.
We are the richest and ...