Health Care Reform

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Healthcare Reform: Moving Closer to a Solution

English 102-940

Professor Marilyn
December 1, 2007

December 1, 2007

Professor Marilyn Sahiba

Department of English and Critical Studies

Parkland College

Champaign, IL 61821

Dear Professor Sahiba,

I am pleased to present to you my final research paper on Health Care Reform: Moving Closer To A Solution, the topic for which was approved by you on November 8, 2007.

I acquired most of my research material from the Parkland College Library, and internet sources found through the search engine, Google. There was a wealth of information available to use in order for me to write a convincing paper on
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The World Health Organization ranks the United States as #37 out of 190 for performance. It is evident that even though we are spending more money, we are not able to achieve the desired outcome. The argument has always been that the free market of health care and insurance in this country has created a health care system that is second to none in the world. The statistics do not support this assertion.

Total health care spending in 1975 consumed about 8 percent of the U.S economy in 1975. Today it accounts for nearly 16 percent of the gross domestic product and is projected to reach nearly 20 percent by 2016 (Orszag, 2007). One of the reasons for rising health care costs is due to costly new medical technologies. Some of these new medical advancements allow for physicians to treat previously untreatable conditions. It is unclear as to whether these new options are cost effective. Most people believe that more expensive care equates to better health care. There is significant evidence to support that more expensive care does not necessarily mean higher-quality care. This suggests that there may be an opportunity to reduce health care spending without impairing outcomes The most compelling evidence of that opportunity comes from the substantial geographic differences in spending on health care within the United States-and the fact that they do not translate into higher life expectancy or measured

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