FIX HEALTHCARE AND HEAL THE NATION

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FIX HEALTHCARE & HEAL THE NATION (see Dr. Koufman’s CV)

Click the title above to view the slide show (which may be viewed full screen by clicking the expand icon on the bottom-right of the slide).  There are 40 slides in the show. The synopsis is below and the accompanying manuscript is in preparation.

Synopsis

Most Americans clearly favor free-market systems, but in healthcare we don’t have a free market. “Capitalism” can not fix the healthcare crisis because for-profit medicine is intrinsically unethical. Indeed since the 1970s, market forces have evolved a dangerous, powerful, and self-perpetuating corporate behemoth. The transformation of healthcare has been driven by market power over prices—due to price inelasticity of demand—and perverted (hegemonic) investment strategies.

The American “medical-industrial complex” can itself be likened to a cancer that will soon outgrow its own blood supply and die. The two choices appear to be national healthcare or national bankruptcy. Creation of an actual National Health Service would bolster economic development, reboot rational markets (creating competitive cost containment), and would form the cornerstone first tier of a rational (likely three-tier) healthcare delivery system.

1 comment to FIX HEALTHCARE AND HEAL THE NATION

  • Kim

    I am a patient with newly diagnosed LPR, which became noticeable 6 months ago. I am working with my doctors to heal it, if possible. I found the name Dr. Koufman on an LPR support group website and just got the cookbook from my library.

    Could not agree more about needing a National Health Plan. It has become obvious that the system we currently have is a shambles. Best healthcare in the world? Maybe – for whoever can buy it.

    kim