A report out today says that 2.5 million more young Americans have health insurance. This is attributed to the health reform act. A significant achievement but much more work has to be done. Over 16% of people living in America are now uninsured which is up from 13% in 2000. Most of the loss is in the employment insurance sector because of the high unemployment that we have experienced over the past few years. So it seems to be some progress but it is overshadowed by the economic state of this union.
The need for significant changes in the US health system is becoming more and more of a needed priority. Medicare is threatening an across the board payment reduction of 27% in 2012. Every year this time doctors are lobbying and gritting their collective teeth in hopes that these type of cuts can be averted. Low reimbursement along with high demands are literally driving some would be physicians and other health care professionals to choose other careers.
That’s the problem. What’s the solution? I find it a difficult question to answer and of course it is a convoluted answer. However, at some point we must put our money where it is most needed. I think the health and life of our fellow man should be priority. Tis the season and in every season we should think about the well being of the population and not just ourselves. Happy Holidays and let’s change some things in the New Year!