Obama Care Paper

1322 Words Jan 24th, 2012 6 Pages
19 April 2011
What can be done to help health care cost? The main cause for the healthcare reform bill is the rising cost of health insurance for the American citizens. From the 1960s to the 1980s healthcare spending went from $28 billion to $255 billion. By the beginning of 2000, healthcare spending increased to $1.4 trillion. The United States economy has slowly declined due to several factors, the cost of health care is one. Presidents, state representatives, hospital and insurance executives, and economists have tried to attack this huge deficit. There are several things that can be done in order to reduce rapidly increasing health care spending. Some actions that could benefit the United States economy is the stop of wasteful
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Hospitals also provide unnecessary and expensive care to those patients that are on life support. Discuss options with those patients and make sure they are aware of the cost they are willing to leave their family to deal with. Helping hospitals cut those expenses is another important action to take. A patient suffering from one or more major illnesses may depend on several different doctors to help them. These doctors usually never talk to one other. The patient’s medical bills are stacking up because doctors are running the same test over again. With the doctors not communicating, it means that there will be extra treatments, double prescriptions and more of the same test. Patients should make sure their doctors talk to each other and know which test have been given and the results of the test. A person can also keep their own medical records for their personal files. Doctor offices will charge anywhere from $10 to $100 to transfer medical records. There are some offices that do not charge if patients request a copy of their medical records. Another major way to cut cost individually will just be for every citizen to take better care of themselves. It does not take much for a person to eat better and to do mild exercising in order to reduce their individual healthcare bills. Also, many common illnesses can be treated with over the counter drugs. Do not
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