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What can the United States do to lower health care cost?

The health care system in the United States is in trouble. Many people can't afford insurance or go to the doctor. Many bankruptcies are the cause of health care cost. Something really needs to be done in the United States to improve our health care.

Asked By: ♫Rock'n'Rob♫ - 2/1/2007
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Need to start with not letting people have these ridiculous lawsuits on stupid things. There is a huge lack of personal responsibility in this country. Huge! Yes the medical industry needs to own up, as do insurance companies, but they are at the top of the pyramid. The base (the individual) needs to still take... More
Answered By: Mickey - 2/1/2007
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Federal Price controls. Doctors charges and Prescription drugs. Blood tests,x-rays and cat scans. Medicare already has them in place. Just expand them to include all charges. Canada has them, it works well. Some like to lie and say it does not work in Canada but if you talk with any Canadian, as I did, they will tell... More
Answered By: jl_jack09 - 2/1/2007
 
Invest less money in fighting the whole world, donate to charity for domestic reasons and let the world solve its own problems. I don't live in the US, but I think every country should put more effort into solving it's own problems... More
Answered By: DNA-Groove - 2/1/2007
 
If America is not ready for a Universal or socialized system of healthcare, then I think they should - at least - put some regulations in place regarding Universal cost. Doctors should not be permitted to earn outrageous amounts of money...and maybe if they knew that going in...we would have healthcare providers... More
Answered By: Super Ruper - 2/1/2007
 
Prison reform{Make them pay for their own health care and lodgeing} and make elected officials pay for their own health care In fact anyone making over 50 thousand should not get a free ride,
Answered By: jennyann 4 - 2/1/2007
 
1 in 7 do not have health coverage, so 6 in 7 do. So lets start out with truthful statements and then we can answer the f*cking question truthfully. Most people in this country have been bitching abour the wire tapping issue, and the governments right to read mail. Now you are telling me that people want the US... More
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Answered By: str8jacket2007 - 2/1/2007
 
Ban pharmaceuctical companies from holding patents on vital drugs, thus allowing competitors to copy them at greatly reduced costs. The government should contribute to developement of drugs not private corporations.
Answered By: dingdong - 2/1/2007
 
I would imagine Medicare & Medicaid are the biggest drains of healthcare dollars. I don't know how those programs can be cut to allow young people to get insurance. Otherwise you go to national healthcare UK which is free but not very good unless you have a dire emergency.
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Answered By: hobo - 2/1/2007
 
First...get government out of the healthg care business, it has never worked in Canada, many Canadians have to come down here for serious (timely) treatment, the wait for an appointment is months in their own country, and taxes go up a LOT (25% higher than US and the system still doesn't work). Canada health care is... More
Answered By: Gunny T - 2/1/2007
 
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